- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida surgeon and a plastic surgery clinic will pay $4 million to resolve allegations that Medicare was billed for procedures that were unnecessary or never occurred.

Dr. Donald C. Proctor Jr. also agreed under the False Claims Act settlement not to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs for at least five years. Proctor runs the Grove Place Surgery Center in Vero Beach.

The allegations focused mainly on complex surgery involving removal of skin cancer. They were originally made in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by another surgeon and a technician who formerly worked for Proctor.

Under the False Claims Act, the two whistleblowers will receive $920,000. The law allows people to sue on behalf of the government and receive a share of a settlement.

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