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Johnson County Doctor To Pay Thousands To Government In Settlement

Reported by: Send eMail Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Nov. 13, 2013 11:49 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 13, 2013 12:41 PM EST

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Lexington , Kentucky

A former doctor in Johnson County has agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the U.S. Government in a settlement alleging he billed federal health care programs for medically unnecessary procedures.

Dr. Don V. Bryson, of Paintsville, agreed to pay $200,000 to settle the civil allegations, U.S. District Attorney Kerry Harvey said.

Prosecutors said Bryson failed to keep documentation that supported the need for medical procedures that required Medicare of Medicaid reimbursement. They said Bryson submitted reimbursement claims to the government programs for service to patients that were not properly authorized between January 2008 through December 2011.

In June 2012, Bryson surrendered his medical license to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

Bryson will return $152,000 to repay Medicaid and $48,000 to repay Medicare under the settlement agreement.



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