The Oregon Medical Board has fined four Eugene heart surgeons for allegedly overbiling Medicare. The doctors agreed to each pay a $10,000 fine and serve 100 hours of community service.
The Register-Guard newspaper reports the action comes more than two years after Drs. David Duke, Warren Glover, Richard Hicks and Stanley Baldwin reached a settlement with the federal government in which they agreed to pay $2.5 million.
At issue is the way the surgeons helped one another before, during and after surgeries, and how they billed federal agencies. The government alleged the doctors overbilled federal health insurance programs by $1.25 million from 1993 to 2004 through the use of assistant surgeons.