Medical Device Manufacturer Biotronik Inc. Agrees To Pay $12.95 Million To Settle Allegations of Improper Payments to Physicians | OPA

Biotronik Inc. (Biotronik), a medical device manufacturer based in Oregon, has agreed to pay $12.95 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by causing the submission of false claims to Medicare and Medicaid by paying kickbacks to physicians to induce their use of Biotronik’s implantable cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators.

“Paying kickbacks to doctors to influence their selection of medical devices undermines the integrity of federal healthcare programs,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “When medical devices are used in surgical procedures, patients deserve

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Primary care physicians should demand better technology for patient care

ElationHealth CEO optimistic about primary care as sustainable foundation for U.S. health care.

Primary care physicians should demand technology that serves as a benefit, not a barrier, to patient care, said the leader of a leading electronic health record (EHR) company.

Kyna Fong, PhD, co-founder and CEO of ElationHealth, spoke about technology, billing and the health care workforce in her keynote address at PC22. Primary Care for America, a collaboration devoted to promoting and sustaining primary care, held the two-day conference, held in person and online May 25 and 26.

ElationHealth EHR services now serve about 23,000 clinicians

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