Eye doctor to pay $1 million to settle allegations of overbilling in SNFs
A Florida ophthalmologist has agreed to pay $1 million to settle claims that she overbilled Medicare for eye care services provided in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, officials announced Thursday.
Monique Barbour, M.D., allegedly overbilled for services provided to nursing residents through her company Clear Vue Eye Center, Inc. Barbour often billed for more than 12 hours of services per day, in some cases stating that 20 hours of services had been provided in a 24-hour period, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.
Barbour's records also show that she frequently billed for services at the highest rates, regardless of the procedure's actual billing code, and submitted claims for procedures allegedly performed while she was out of the country.
The funds Barbour received through the billing scheme were used to “support her lavish lifestyle,” according to local reports. Barbour allegedly used the money to purchase multiple cars and homes. She also pursued a pop music career under the name Anayya Von Kitten.
Lori Moore, a former employee of Clear Vue, alerted authorities to Barbour's actions. She will receive $200,000 of the settlement.