Pain Clinic Pays More Than $1.6 Million To Settle False Claims Act And Kickback Allegations

Fort Myers, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Collier Anesthesia Pain, LLC, a pain management clinic located in Fort Myers, Florida, and Tampa Pain Relief Center, Inc., have agreed to pay $1,665,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute. As part of the settlement, the United States contends that Collier Anesthesia and Tampa Pain engaged in an illegal kickback scheme by causing affiliated surgery centers to waive copayments for surgical facility fees in order to induce patients to receive injection procedures. Additionally, the United States contends that Collier Anesthesia and Tampa Pain knowingly submitted false claims by improperly billing for evaluation and management services and psychological testing services.