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A federal whistleblower lawsuit accuses 6 Chicago orthopedic surgeons and the facilities at which they operate of fraudulently billing Medicare for surgeries performed by residents, putting patient safety at risk.

The lawsuit, filed by Rush University Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Robert S. Goldberg, MD, and June Beecham, a former administrator at the center, describes physicians filing Medicare claims for surgeries performed by residents, surgeries at which they were occasionally not present or which they observed on video monitors while performing surgeries elsewhere.