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Sunday, April 9th 2006

Need a Liver in Orange County

The University of California, Irvine Medical School’s liver transplant program which was just one of a number of problem transplant programs for the health science center before being shut down recently is being investigated by the FBI.

While the exact scope of the federal investigation is not known, recent federal healthcare prosecutions have centered on insurance fraud and unreported income by doctors.

Federal health insurance plans were a key source of funding for the UCI transplant program, public records show. Most patients treated at the liver program were insured by either the federal government’s Medicare program, the state’s MediCal program, or the county’s Cal-Optima program, which relies on both state and federal funds.