• Family of patient who died after orthopedic surgery wins $35M verdict against hospital
  • Orthopedic surgeon wins $20M verdict against Johnson & Johnson
  • Minnesota orthopedic group hit with $111M negligence verdict
  • Orthopedic patient's death highlights potential dangers of prior authorization
  • Spine surgeon's video hits 1 million views on TikTok
  • Spine surgeon killed in Oklahoma hospital shooting
  • Spine surgeon owes $17M to paralyzed patient
  • Providence to pay $22.7M to settle unnecessary spine surgery allegations
  • Spine surgeon gets jail time for abusing patient during hospital visit
  • 'They're on really thin ice': Why 1 insurer has drawn spine surgeons' ire
  • Connecticut hospital to appeal $12.5M verdict to family of patient who died after orthopedic surgery
  • Orthopedic surgeon must face suit in patient's death
  • Spine surgeon 1 of 9 physician billionaires on Forbes' 2022 list
  • 23 spine device companies to watch in 2022
  • 4 spine technologies that promised more than they delivered
  • Orthopedic surgeon salary vs. average household income in each state
  • Orthopedic surgeon's health system exit steeped in controversy
  • Terminated orthopedic surgeon contracts with another New York hospital
  • Orthopedic surgeon convicted of battery at hospital
  • Billionaire spine surgeon buys $23.9M mansion
  • UArizona neurosurgery chair dies after motorcycle collision
  • The spine tech surgeons say will explode in the next 5 years
  • Texas spine surgeon sued by State Farm over 'unnecessary' procedures
  • Could Medtronic's spine business be the next medtech spinoff?
  • Ex-NFL player gets 5 years in prison for $2.9M healthcare fraud scheme
  • 41 'rising stars' in orthopedics
  • Orthopedic surgeon indicted in $10M telemedicine fraud scheme
  • Neurosurgeon's startup hits $1.2B valuation
  • Orthopedic surgeon fined for operating on wrong knee
  • Good news, bad news for orthopedic surgeons: 6 observations
  • Lawsuits build against Aetna's spine surgery coverage
  • Former spine surgeon owes $13M to 2 women over unnecessary procedures
  • Walmart's latest partnership pushes retailer into spine care
  • Texas spine surgeon's $11M verdict being appealed
  • 10 power players in orthopedics
  • Rothman Orthopaedics to become national brand, but no 'aspirations to go beyond US'
  • Sports medicine physician fired amid misconduct allegations involving patients
  • Orthopedic surgeon allegedly exaggerated patient visits to defraud insurers
  • Top orthopedic hospital in every state: US News
  • Orthopedic surgeon asking for misconduct charges to be dropped
  • McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center fires surgeon who performs cases at ASC; surgeon sues hospital - 11 key notes

    McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center fires surgeon who performs cases at ASC; surgeon sues hospital - 11 key notes

    Mary Rechtoris -  

    Kristian Ferry, MD, is suing McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield.  

    Dr. Ferry was employed by McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, which he alleges fired him after he took cases to an ambulatory surgery center not owned by the hospital.


    Here are 11 facts about the lawsuit:


    1. Dr. Ferry is alleging breach of contract, interference with his medical practice, wrongful termination and defamation against McKenzie-Willamette and  McKenzie Physician Services.


    2. Dr. Ferry claims that the medical center prevented him from doing surgeries at outpatient facilities that were not controlled by the hospital.


    3. Dr. Ferry is suing the center for $6 million in economic damages and an addition $3.8 million in non-economic damages citing emotional distress and damage to his reputation.


    4. McKenzie-Willamette received the same amount of Dr. Ferry's professional fees for surgical services regardless of where he performed the procedures, according to his employment contract. However, the hospital did not receive facility fees for the procedures performed at the ASC.


    5. Dr. Kerry would have preferred to perform the surgery at surgical centers as he performs 25 percent to 35 percent of his surgeries at such centers.


    6. In October-November 2014, hospital officials requested Dr. Ferry's scheduling department to no longer schedule Dr. Ferry's patients at the Spine Surgery Center of Eugene, a physician-owned facility.


    7. Chad Campbell, CEO at McKenzie-Willamette, stated he would speak with Dr. Ferry regarding the scheduling changes once Mr. Campbell returned from vacation in January. Mr. Campbell failed to meet with Dr. Ferry, so Dr. Ferry resumed scheduling procedures at the ASC.  


    8. Dr. Ferry was then terminated by Mr. Campbell on April for allegedly not adhering to his schedule demands.


    9. Dr. Ferry's name was listed on an ASC pamphlet claiming he was an owner, which Dr. Ferry refuted was incorrect.


    10. Under his employment contract, Dr. Ferry was obligated to perform cases at the hospital unless patients expressed a different preference, insurers wouldn't cover the procedure at the hospital or if hospitalization wasn't in the patient's best interest, according to the report. Dr. Ferry reported his patients often inquired about the cost of procedures and requested a less expensive alternative, so he mentioned the ASC.


    11. The lawsuit claims that this statement concerning his termination has caused Dr. Ferry irreparable harm.


    For more articles ASC-related news:
    Physicians vs. spouses: 6 statistics on earnings
    7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — June 8, 2015
    10 facts about impending King v. Burwell ruling


    Copyright © 2022 Becker's Healthcare. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Cookie Policy. Linking and Reprinting Policy.

    Featured Learning Opportunities

    Featured Webinars

    Featured Podcast

    Featured Whitepapers