Arizona physician Dr. Bashir Azher agreed to pay $207,988 to resolve allegations he violated the False Claims Act by submitting false bills to Medicare for prostate laser ablation procedures, commonly known as Green Light prostatectomies. Specifically, the government charged Dr. Azher with submitting false claims for reimbursement for prostate laser ablation procedures that were too short to generate a therapeutic benefit, failed to meet professionally recognized standards of care, were medically unnecessary, and/or violated applicable Medicare regulations. The government’s allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Arnaldo Trabucco under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. He will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award. DOJ
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