3 spine kickback cases in the past 30 days

Alan Condon -   Print  |

The U.S. Department of Justice continues to clamp down on kickback cases in healthcare. Here are three cases that involved neurosurgeons and a device company in May:

1. A neurosurgeon who was among the 15 convicted in the Pacific Hospital of Long Beach (Calif.) kickback scheme was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Jeffrey David Gross, MD, was ordered to pay back $622,936 he received in kickbacks and received prison time for accepting payments in exchange for referrals to the hospital.

2. Devicemaker Medicrea settled allegations it paid kickbacks to physicians and failed to report physician payments to Medicare. A whistleblower accused Medicrea of violating the anti-kickback statute by entertaining physicians during the 2013 Scoliosis Research Society Congress in Lyon, France. The company paid $1 million to resolve the allegations.

3. Neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora, MD, and two medical device distributors he owns, Medical Designs and Sicage, agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle False Claims Act allegations. Dr. Asfora, Medical Designs and Sicage will not be permitted to participate in federal healthcare programs for six years.

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