Sanford settles alleged neurosurgeon anti-kickback violation suit for $20M

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Sioux City, S.D.-based Sanford Health is settling a lawsuit with the federal government that accused former Sanford neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora, MD, of anti-kickback violations, according to the Argus Leader.

Four things to know:

1. Sanford agreed to settle the whistle-blower lawsuit for more than $20 million, reported the Argus Leader on Oct. 28.

2. The lawsuit accused Dr. Asfora of performing unnecessary surgeries using medical devices that he had ownership interest in.

3. A whistleblower originally filed the lawsuit in 2016, and a federal investigation followed.

4. Sanford employed Dr. Asfora until last month, when the system terminated his contract.

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