Surgeon sues Orlando Health for $800K, alleges forced in-network referrals

In his claim submitted Aug. 28, Ayman Daouk, MD, declares the health system required that he and other physicians refer clients just within Orlando Healths network. He declares he was fired for failing to adhere to the mandate, according to the report..

An orthopedic surgeon who previously worked at Orlando (Fla.) Health is suing the health system for unlawful retaliation and violation of anti-kickback laws, according to the Orlando Guard..

An Orlando Health representative told the Orlando Sentinel that the system does not discuss pending litigation..

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This is the second time Dr. Daouk has actually sued Orlando Health. In a lawsuit unsealed in January, he alleged he was fired for breaking Orlando Healths “mandatory self-referral” policy. He willingly dropped that lawsuit, according to the report..