A physician and two chiropractors agreed to pay the United States and Tennessee a total of $1.72 million to resolve liability under the False Claims Act for the alleged improper billing for electro-acupuncture using a peri-auricular stimulation device known as “P-Stim” that does not qualify for reimbursement under Medicare.
From May 2016 through November 2018, Dr. Anderson, Total Family, and Chiro2Med billed for, and were reimbursed by the United States for acupuncture using P-Stim devices under HCPCS Code L8679, which instead requires implantation of a neurostimulator with anesthesia in a surgical setting by a physician, typically a surgeon. Dr. Anderson, Total Family, and Chiro2Med separately billed for, and were reimbursed by, Medicare and/or TennCare for these devices over a two year period.
Dr. Anderson agreed to pay $1 million over five years, Dr. Spencer and Total Family agreed to pay $700,000 over five years and Dr. Shea and Chiro2Med agreed to pay $20,000 over five years.
Source: The United States And Tennessee Resolve Claims With Three Providers For False Claims Act Liability Relating To “P-Stim” Devices For A Total Of $1.72 Million