After the city had settled the Schultheis case and new information was brought to light by the Civil Service Commission hearing, former human resource director David Geisler conducted an investigation from December 2010 to April 2011. The city council, McGovern, and former fire chief Mark Regenwether asked him to look into the duplicate reports to determine if duplicate billing or upcoding occurred, Geisler testified last week. He also was charged with verifying McGovern’s claim that the software program had caused some of the reports to be overwritten.
Giesler, with McGovern’s help, looked at the reports contained in the summaries Walker had prepared in the underlying Schultheis case, Geisler said. He compared the original paper copy of the patient care report to the one contained on the computer to draw his conclusions.
Geisler testified he did not review the bills that were submitted to Medicare or Medicaid.
While Geisler’s report from that investigation wasn’t admitted as an exhibit, he was able to say that he found no wrongdoing on the city’s part. David Stanton, a Firehouse representative, has given an opinion as part of Walker’s defense in the legal malpractice suit that apparently disagrees with Geisler’s findings, though Stanton’s opinion hasn’t been read to the court.
The trial will continue today, with closing remarks and jury deliberations to start later this week.