Monroe’s doctor to pay $ 640,000 and resolve bribery law violation allegations
SHREVEPORT – Acting U.S. attorney Alexander C. Van Hook said in a press release Tuesday that Dr. Llewelyn Simon, Monroe’s internal medicine doctor, has agreed to pay the United States $ 640,000 to resolve the allegations according to which he would have accepted payments for home care referrals. .
Simon was the medical director of the now defunct home care agency United Home Care and, in that capacity, received monthly payments. The United States alleged that the medical director’s fees exceeded the fair market value of the services provided by Simon and that the excess fees were for the referral of patients, many of whom were Medicare beneficiaries.
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Congress passed the Anti-Kickback Act to prevent financial incentives from unduly influencing medical decision-making, which can lead to excessive and unnecessary services. Specifically, the Anti-Recoil Law prohibits offering or paying anything of value to induce the return of items or services covered by federal health care programs.
“Poor financial relationships between health care providers can lead to overuse and increase the cost of health services paid for by taxpayers,” Van Hook said. “We will continue to ensure that healthcare decisions are based on the needs of patients rather than the financial interests of providers. “
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