UK spends more than $5 million because of Hazard clinic billing issues

News Staff

In the past year, UK spent more than $5 million on federal billing issues at a Hazard clinic. UK officials are also denying the Lexington Herald-Leader access to documents involved in the issues. 

The Herald-Leader reports that UK HealthCare spent $440,000 on the clinic in 2013 to rent offices spaces and equipment and four physicians within the practice became adjunct faculty at the university. In the past year, UK HealthCare and Kentucky Medical Services Foundation paid Medicare and Medicaid $4.1 million and another $1 million to Washington D.C. lawyer who specializes in federal healthcare David Douglass. 

Douglass presented information about the clinic at a Board of Trustees’ dinner meeting last month, but his presentation was left off the agenda. 

UK officials have since denied the Herald-Leader’s request for the presentation made by Douglass, saying it is exempt from disclosure under the state Open Records Act because of attorney-client privilege,” the Herald-Leader reported. “No minutes of the dinner meeting were kept, UK has said.”

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