MU Appoints Interim Medical Dean
COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of Missouri medical school has named an interim dean to replace the 25-year university employee who is stepping down after a federal investigation into potential Medicare billing fraud.
Dr. Leslie Hall is a clinical medicine professor and chief medical officer at the University of Missouri Health Care system. He succeeds Dr. Robert Churchill, a former radiology department chairman who is retiring in October.
The school announced Churchill's departure in June while also revealing an investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City involving Medicare violations by a pair of since-fired radiology professors.
An internal investigation by the school found that the two doctors falsely said they reviewed X-rays but instead relied solely on resident physicians, a violation of Medicare and hospital rules.