November 2, 2020
“Kickbacks undermine the integrity of federal healthcare programs and increase costs borne by taxpayers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “This case demonstrates the Department of Justice’s commitment to ensure that medical device manufacturers do not use improper financial relationships to influence physician decision-making.”
“We expect doctors to make medical decisions based on what is best for their patients, not what is best for their bank accounts,” said U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons for the District of South Dakota. “The quality of medical care is eroded – and patients and their families suffer – when companies and physicians enter into these sorts of under the table schemes to create illegal financial incentives to increase the use of medical devices.”
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Source: Department of Justice