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Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

State Briefs

June 6, 2001

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WICHITA: Topeka hospital settles Medicare claim

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka has agreed to pay $303,000 to settle a charge that it overbilled Medicare.

U.S. Atty. Jim Flory announced the settlement Tuesday. The government had alleged the hospital submitted claims using a code for complex pneumonia when the claims weren't supported by medical records. The government claimed that led to higher Medicare payments than the hospital was entitled to.

St. Francis didn't admit any guilt in the settlement.

Mission: Former employee sues city, mayor

The former finance director for the city of Mission is suing the city and Mayor Sylvester Powell Jr., alleging her civil rights were violated and that she was wrongly fired.

Sue Grosdidier worked as finance director and city clerk for 13 years. She sued Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., seeking reinstatement, or $500,000 in lost wages and $1 million in punitive damages from Powell.

In her suit, Grosdidier, who was fired April 25, claims she was reprimanded by Powell and fired for instructing city employees not to work for city officials' election campaigns.

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