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MINNEAPOLIS —Authorities say a Minnesota dermatology practice is paying $850,000 to settle allegations of falsely billing Medicare for procedures and other services.
Federal and state prosecutors accuse Skin Care Doctors and president and CEO Dr. Michael Ebertz of submitting false claims between January 2008 and December 2015.
The chain has offices, including one in Sartell. Other locations are in Burnsville, Edina and Orono.
A statement by a Minneapolis law firm says the agreement reflected a “business decision” by Skin Care Doctors and Ebertz to settle the matter in order to avoid the uncertainty and expense of litigation while continuing to serve patients.
The statement says that while Ebertz and his practice cooperated in resolving the matter, they deny all allegations by prosecutors.
Skin Care Doctors and Ebertz were accused of billing for free samples of a phototherapy drug and improperly billing for office visits, lesion removal procedures, and phototherapy services between 2008 and 2015, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The “whistle-blower” physician who brought the allegations to light will share in the recovery. The provision enabling him to, under the False Claims Act, encourages whistle-blowers to “bring fraud schemes to light that might otherwise go undetected,” the U.S. attorney’s office said.
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