Deremedx Dermatology, P.C. (d/b/a Dermatique) and its owner Dr. Barry A. Solomon agreed to pay roughly $300,000 to resolve charges they violated the False Claims Act repeatedly billing Medicare and Medicaid for services performed as if Solomon were supervising the procedures even though he was not in the office and was in some cases out of the country. Solomon also billed for so-called “impossible days” in which he submitted claims for more hours than he could have possibly worked. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Diane Vitale under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. She will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ (EDNY)
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