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Judge drops Erlanger whistleblower lawsuit

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Both state and federal attorneys have declined to move forward in a whistleblower lawsuit that says Erlanger hospital made false Medicare claims.

Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier released an order Tuesday stating that because the state did not find enough grounds to intervene in the 2-year-old lawsuit, federal attorneys also decided not take further action.

The complaint, filed by Lisa K. Stratienko in 2010, had been under seal for two years while attorneys investigated the allegations, in accordance with the federal law governing whistleblower claims.

The 34-page complaint claims Erlanger made a series of false or fraudulent claims for Medicare payments, stemming from "improper agreements" with third-party physician groups.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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