Minneapolis Eye Surgery Company Will Pay $12 Million in Alleged Kickbacks Case

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

A Minneapolis mobile ophthalmic company and its former CEO have agreed to pay $12 million to resolve allegations that it lured physicians with illegal kickbacks in exchange for their business for nearly a decade, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Monday, according to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The settlement comes after a whistleblower sued Sightpath Medical, Inc., and a Bloomington surgical equipment provider over allegations that Sightpath took prospective clients on luxury skiing vacations and high-end fishing, golfing and hunting trips to persuade them to use its services.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Sightpath provided the kickbacks for nearly a decade, from 2006 to 2015, in a way that greatly expanded its payments from government health care programs such as Medicare. The government also accused the company of entering into consulting agreements with physicians and their practices for services that were either never performed or not properly documented.

The government will also pursue claims against Precision Lens, Paul Ehlen, and Dr. Jitendra Swarup

Read the full Minneapolis Star Tribune article.

Read the US Department of Justice news release.

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