An optometry practice in Pulaski County has agreed to pay the federal government $800,000 to settle allegations of improper billing, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.
Associates in Eye Care PSC allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid for eye examinations that weren't necessary, according to a news release.
From 2007 until early 2012, the practice employed an optometrist, Dr. Philip Robinson, who saw patients at nursing homes and performed monthly eye exams on nearly all of the patients, but many of the exams had no medical value, the federal government contended.
The practice acknowledged in a settlement agreement that it had sought payment from federally funded health programs for exams that were unnecessary or worthless, Harvey said.
The business agreed to make reforms and let an outside party review its bills to federal programs for three years, according to the news release.
The government has a claim pending against Robinson, Harvey's office said.