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Shands Healthcare

W&G successfully prosecuted this qui tam against Shands Healthcare without government involvement.  The case alleged improper billing of Medicare and Medicaid for admitting patients to the hospital rather than treating them on an outpatient basis because the government pays more for services rendered on an inpatient basis.  The case settled in 2013 for $26,000,000.


Status: Settled


The case settled for $26,000,000. Remaining allegations center around fraudulent submission of outpatient claims by six Shands hospitals

Articles and Links:

  • Shands “Tried To Hide” Billing Problems, Alleges Attorney Wilbanks
    Click Here for article by Kristine Crane, Gainesville Sun, dated August 24, 2013.

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Marlan Wilbanks, Esq.

Marlan Wilbanks

Marlan is currently acting as lead counsel in important qui tam cases that are filed in over 16 federal and state courts across the nation. He has handled whistleblower litigation matters against numerous individuals and large companies that have committed fraudulent acts against the government in federal courts and many state courts, including cases from California to Florida.

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Susan Gouinlock, Esq.

Susan Gouinlock

Susan S. Gouinlock has represented whistleblowers for more than ten years. Susan joined Wilbanks & Bridges in 2011 and became a partner in 2013. Her legal career has been successful and diverse, including a unique mixture of working for the government as a lawyer as well as years of representing individuals and businesses in highly regulated environments, including for example spending six (6) years as in-house general counsel to a major corporation.
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