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Reward for doctor who blew whistle on Medicare fraud

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Dr. Steven Radjenovich contacted federal officials when he believed Wheaton Community Hospital was manipulating hospital stays to overcharge the federal government.

As a result, he will share in the almost $850,000 fine the hospital will pay to settle the charges. Radjenovich, who will collect $203,150, no longer works for the hospital.

The doctor alleged (and government investigators concurred) that from 1998 to 2004, the hospital admitted Medicare patients in greater numbers than was medically necessary. In some cases, he said, the hospital kept them longer than necessary.

Attorneys for the hospital maintain it was simply a matter of medical judgment and admitted no wrongdoing. They claim the hospital agreed to the settlement to avoid further litigation costs.

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