California plastic surgeon to pay $24M to settle False Claim Act allegations

Beverly Hills, Cal.-based plastic surgeon Joel Aronowitz, MD, has agreed to pay $23.9 million to settle allegations he submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

The suit alleges that Dr. Aronowitz, along with his son Daniel Aronowitz, medical practices and a billing company falsified the place of service for skin grafts and billed multiple times for single-use skin substitute products, according to an April 28 news release from the Department of Justice.

Dr. Aronowitz and his practice Tower Multi-Specialty Medical Group also agreed to a voluntary expulsion from Medicare, Medicaid and all other federal health care programs for 15 years. His son will be excluded for three years. 

The state of California will receive approximately $497,619 from the settlement for the portion of Medicaid claims it paid.

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