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A Michigan osteopathic physician agreed to pay the government $2 million to settle allegations that he and a corporation he controlled overcharged the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the Justice Department announced on Dec. 27. The settlement resolves various allegations under the False Claims Act against Donald Dreyfuss, MD, in connection with services provided from 1992 to 1996 to nursing home and hospice patients in the Detroit area.
The settlement was announced by Assistant Attorney General David Ogden of the Justice Department's Civil Division and Saul Green, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Dreyfuss allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid for providing physician services to nursing home patients that were not provided, not medically necessary, or the complexity of the services was exaggerated. It was also alleged that in connection with a hospice, Dreyfuss certified that patients were eligible for Medicare or Medicaid services when they were not.