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MU School of Medicine Dean to retire amid billing fraud probe

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Jonathan Ingram

The dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine is retiring following an internal investigation by the university’s Health System revealing possible billing fraud by the Department of Radiology. Vice Chancellor Harold A. Williamson, Jr. of the University of Missouri Health System says two radiologists believed to have been involved in the fraud have been fired.

“We believe that two radiologists violated Medicare and hospital rules by claiming that they had performed services that were actually performed only by radiology residents,” said Williamson.

The two radiologists involved were Dr. Kenneth Rall and Dr. Michael Richards. Williamson says thatthe dean of the School of Medicine, who approved Rall as the chairman of the Department of Radiology, has decided to retire in October.

“Dean Robert Churchill, who has been strongly supportive of the changes we have begun, feels that his prior supervision of the Department of Radiology and his appointment as Dr. Rall as chair, may cast a cloud of doubt over the department and the School of Medicine that he has so well represented in the past.”

The MU Health System launched its investigation late last year after the US Attorney’s Office in Kansas City informed them of a federal investigation into the matter.