- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The chairman of a Daytona Beach hospital system is resigning after he unsuccessfully tried to oust its CEO.

Dr. John Johnson said in a resignation letter on Tuesday that it’s time to encourage new leadership at Halifax Health.

Johnson said he stood by his attempt to oust CEO Jeff Feasel during a board meeting Monday night. The hospital system’s board voted to retain Feasel.

In urging Feasel’s removal, Johnson cited the handling of a Medicare fraud lawsuit and other issues.

Halifax agreed last year to pay $85 million to settle a Medicare fraud whistle-blower lawsuit.

The lawsuit claimed Halifax had filed false Medicare claims and paid doctors improperly.

Halifax didn’t admit liability, and hospital officials claimed they settled the lawsuit because of mounting legal bills.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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