Florida Eye Doctor under Investigation for Medicare Fraud By Tod Aronovitz | 02/08/13 | 0 Comment

Dr. Salomon Melgen of South Florida is the subject of a federal criminal investigation for overbilling Medicare millions of dollars to treat elderly patients for potentially unnecessary medical services, according to an article in The Miami Herald titled “So. Fla. eye surgeon under scrutiny with Sen. Menendez frequently prescribed expensive drug”.

Dr. Melgen is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and the founding director of the Melgen Retina Eye Center, formerly known as Vitreo Retinal Consultants Eye Center, according to his website. The Center, which specializes in disease and surgery of the vitreous and retina, maintains offices in West Palm Beach, Wellington, Port St. Lucie, and Delray Beach, Florida.

At issue is Dr. Melgen’s use of Lucentis, an expensive drug costing $2,000 a vial that he used to treat patients with macular degeneration. While this may not be an uncommon use of the drug, records indicate that treatment volumes prescribed by Dr. Melgen greatly exceeded that of other Florida ophthalmologists.

Political connections maintained by Dr. Melgen are also under FBI investigation. He was well connected with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and the two took trips on Dr. Melgen’s private plane to a Dominican Republic villa owned by Dr. Melgen.

Click on the link to read the Miami Herald article about Dr. Salomon Melgen.

Medicare Fraud and Whistleblowers

Healthcare professionals who work in a facility that is suspected of overcharging Medicare, or appears to be engaged in some other type of Medicare fraud, can work with a whistleblower attorney (also known as a qui tam lawyer) to bring charges.

By acting as a whistleblower in what is known as a qui tam lawsuit, a private party may collect between 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered, depending on how the case is prosecuted.

Whistleblower cases receive special confidential treatment from the courts during the early investigation period, until allegations can be verified. As happened in this case, charges typically become public only if and when the U.S. government finds sufficient cause and intervenes in the action.

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The Miami, Florida law firm of ARONOVITZ LAW routinely works with Florida whistleblowers to document fraud against the government. Click on the link to read more about our Miami Whistleblower / Qui Tam law firm services.

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