City Hall expected to discuss Providence St. Mary Medical Center lawsuit | Health and fitness

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A town hall meeting regarding a class action lawsuit filed against Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center by Spokane-based law firm Gilbert is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

The event will take place at the Gesa Power House Theater, 111 N. Sixth Ave., according to a press release from the law firm, and will include information about the lawsuits against Drs. Jason Dreyer and Daniel Elskens, who were employed by Providence St. Mary.

The hospital and two doctors were at the center of a $22.7 million settlement between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington and Providence St. Mary Medical Center, the largest health care settlement in Washington. history on this side of the state.

Both men worked as neurosurgeons for the hospital and neither was fired by Providence despite an internal investigation that found problems with their jobs, including unnecessary surgeries for profit, officials say. law enforcement.

When they left, the hospital did not report their behavior to the relevant authorities and the two surgeons were hired at other medical institutions.

Although hospital management was invited to participate in Saturday’s meeting, a spokesperson for Providence said the hospital does not participate in events or comment on cases in the event of pending litigation.

Dreyer was discovered by state health officials in 2021 for performing unnecessary spinal surgeries and more while practicing at St. Mary’s during that time.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office confirmed in July an ongoing criminal investigation into Dreyer.

Attorney William Gilbert’s lawsuit, Angulo v. Providence Health Services, was filed this summer, following the April 12 announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington of the settlement reached with Walla Hospital. Walla to settle health care fraud claims involving surgeries by Dreyer and Elskens while employed at Providence St. Mary.

Among other things, the settlement required the implementation of security measures and the payment of compensation to government insurance agencies. However, it did not compensate patients, Gilbert said, adding that the class action lawsuit is designed to address that issue.

At her April press conference, U.S. attorney Vanessa Waldref said the fraudulent billing cases took place between 2013 and 2018.

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