By Sean Murphy Associated Press Writer OKLAHOMA CITY — State officials confirmed Wednesday two separate investigations were opened into reports of possible insurance fraud at the University of Oklahoma’s Goddard Health Center, a student health clinic on the Norman campus. Jessica Fisher, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Insurance Department, said Wednesday she could not discuss the nature of the complaint or the investigation. She did, however, confirm a case had been opened and forwarded to the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board. Hilary Johnston, a spokeswoman for OSEEGIB, said an investigation also had been started by the FBI. The FBI doesn’t confirm or deny ongoing investigations, said Gary Johnson, a spokesman for the FBI’s Oklahoma City office. OSEEGIB is the state agency that provides insurance coverage for state employees and contracts with many of the state’s higher education entities, including OU. The agency does not currently contract with OU, but in 2003 most of Goddard’s patients received coverage through HealthChoice, an insurance plan administered by OSEEGIB. Catherine Bishop, a spokeswoman for the University of Oklahoma, said she is not aware of any open investigations into wrongdoing at Goddard. “What you may have is a number of incorrect and unfair allegations that were made by a disgruntled former employee to numerous regulatory agencies,” Bishop said late Wednesday. “To the best of our knowledge, those investigations were closed and the matters that were raised were found to have no merit.” A lawsuit was filed last year by a former doctor at Goddard who claimed he was fired after uncovering possible health insurance fraud. Goddard is the main health clinic on the university’s Norman campus and provides basic medical services to students, faculty, staff and their dependents. Dr. Bruce Remy, who worked for nine years at the health center, sued OU, Goddard’s Chief of Staff Craig Rice and its director, William Wayne, after he was fired in December 2003. He claims his firing violated his constitutional right to free speech on an issue of public concern. A settlement in that case was reached last week and included a confidentiality agreement that prohibits the parties from discussing the case, Remy and his attorney, Stan Ward, confirmed. Court documents indicate Remy was seeking more than $175,000. “The case was resolved to my satisfaction,” Remy said. The university’s legal staff did not immediately respond to an open records request submitted Monday by The Associated Press for information on the settlement. In his lawsuit, Remy said he became suspicious after receiving a package addressed to him filled with checks from an insurance company that were made out to several physicians at the clinic. He claims the checks were made out to physicians for services that actually were provided by a physicians’ assistant. When he attempted to investigate further, Remy claims Rice confiscated the records he was seeking. Remy said he asked for an investigation after turning the box of checks over to Rice and Wayne. Five days later, the two confronted Remy with an OU police officer and fired him for allegedly violating federal medical privacy laws, Remy said. He also said he was ordered to leave the clinic immediately and threatened with arrest for trespassing if he returned. In court papers filed by the university’s attorneys, the university denied Remy’s allegations. They claim Remy breached the terms of his contract “by blatantly defying the directions of his immediate superior and by repeatedly and willfully violating the university’s policies and procedures.” The university also claims Remy made insensitive remarks to patients, failed to respect Goddard’s patient privacy rules and charged hourly rates in excess of contract rates.


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