Corporate Compliance

Four Oregon surgeons settle Medicare fraud claims

Compliance Monitor, January 9, 2008

Four heart surgeons in Eugene, OR, agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations they fraudulently billed Medicare, according to an article in the Eugene, OR, Register Guard. In addition, their former medical practice pled guilty to five misdemeanor counts of theft.

Drs. David Duke, Stanley Baldwin, Richard Hicks, and Warren Glover allegedly over billed Medicare from 1993 to 2004 by submitting bills for assistant surgeons regardless of whether the assistant surgeon provided any help to the primary surgeon during an operation or was even present during the surgery.

In addition to the fine, Dr. Duke and Dr. Glover entered into five-year integrity agreements with the OIG. Dr. Baldwin and Dr. Hicks are now retired.

Click here to read more about the settlement.

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