Precision Lens faces $48M verdict in kickbacks case

[Image from Pixabay]A federal jury in Minnesota has handed down a $48 million verdict in a kickbacks case involving cataract surgery lens distributor Precision Lens.

The jury yesterday found that Cameron-Ehlen Group, which does business as Bloomington, Minnesota–based Precision Lens, and its owner Paul Ehlen violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.

Federal prosecutors claimed the distributor’s activities resulted in 64,575 false claims to the Medicare program between 2006 and 2015. They said Ehlen and the company took doctors on high-end skiing, fishing, golfing, hunting, sporting, and entertainment vacations. Many times, they flew the doctors to exclusive destinations on private jets.

In addition, prosecutors said that physician customers received airline frequent flier miles at a significant discount.

“The jury’s verdict protects the integrity of the Medicare system for patients and those healthcare providers who operate…

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