Doctor’s Practice to Pay Nearly $180K to Resolve False Claims Act Liability Regarding “P-Stim” Devices

First Assistant U.S. Lawyer Jennifer Arbittier Williams proclaimed that Richard P. Frey, D.O., and Physicians Alliance Ltd. (“PAL”) have agreed to pay nearly $180,000 to resolve liability underneath the False Claims Act for the alleged improper charge of “P-Stim” devices. From may 2013 through June 2014, Frey and PAL billed Medicare for the implantation of neurostimulator electrodes, a surgical operation generally necessitating an OR for which Medicare reimburses thousands of dollars. Frey didn’t conduct surgery, however. Instead, he applied a “P-Stim” device in a workplace setting while not using surgery methods or general anaesthesia.

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