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Doctor, nursing facility under fire for kickback scheme
Feb 06

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ An orthopedic surgeon, a nursing facility and several health care executives will pay $1.5 million to settle federal allegations of a kickback scheme involving Medicare and TRICARE patients.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Dr. Kenneth Krumins agreed to pay $500,000, while Conway Lakes Health & Rehabilitation Center, its Atlanta-based management company Clear Choice Health, and three executives -- Matthew File, Jeffrey Cleveland and Geoffrey Fraser -- will collectively pay $1 million.

The Justice Department says Krumins was paid under a sham ``medical director'' agreement to refer patients to Conway Lakes in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Special Agent Shimon R. Richardson at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General says such an arrangement ``corrupts physician decision making'' and undermines public trust in health care.

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2019