Massachusetts Eye and Ear to pay $5.7M to resolve false claims act allegations over physician compensation plans

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates and the Foundation of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary have agreed to pay over $5.4 million to resolve allegations to resolve false claims act allegations.

The government has alleged that Boston-based Massachusetts Eye and Ear compensated 44 physicians through seven physician compensation plans in a manner that violated the physician self-referral law, also known as Stark Law, according to a May 24 news release.

This issue was disclosed to the government by Mass General Brigham, which has owned and operated Massachusetts Eye and Ear since April 2018, in connection to an investigation into related allegations.

Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham voluntarily terminated the remaining six physician compensation models on Oct. 1, 2019, which began prior to its acquisition of Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

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