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US healthcare kickback schemes come under heavy scrutiny

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1230 (Published 06 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1230
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

Two Florida doctors have agreed to settle allegations that they accepted kickbacks disguised as salaries for their wives in return for referrals to a home healthcare company

Alan Buhler and Craig Prokos, physicians, and their wives Lynn Buhler and Cynthia Prokos, are the sixth and seventh couples to settle accusations of violating the False Claims Act in cases brought against the company A Plus Home Health Care. The Buhlers will pay $1.05m (£0.7m; €0.95m) and the Prokos couple $90 000. In addition to the salaries paid to the two physicians’ wives, who allegedly performed few of the duties for which they were supposedly being paid, Alan Buhler also accepted and tried to conceal payments made to him as a medical director, the government …

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