Edward Desser Agreed to Pay $120,000 for Allegedly Violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law by Paying Remuneration and Receiving Remuneration to Induce the Referral of Medical Devices and Orthopedic Products
Edward Desser (Desser), a Florida resident, agreed to pay OIG $120,000 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law provisions applicable to kickbacks. OIG alleged that Desser owned and operated International Orthopedic Solutions (IOS), an orthopedic medical device distributorship that sold Ortho Development Corporation products, and ECM Solutions, LLC (ECM), a medical consulting/business development company. OIG alleged that Desser, by and through ECM, received remuneration from for the purpose of recommending the ordering of Zimmer, Inc. (Zimmer), orthopedic products by a Florida-based physician. OIG also alleged that Desser paid remuneration to two individuals to induce them to recommend the purchasing of medical devices by Florida orthopedic surgeons. OIG contends that Desser knowingly and willfully solicited and received the remuneration described above to induce a person(s) to order Zimmer orthopedic products for which payment was made by Federal health care programs. OIG also contends that Desser knowingly and willfully offered and paid remuneration to two individuals to induce them to recommend the ordering of orthopedic products for which payment may have been made by Federal health care programs.
- Date:February 25, 2013
- CMP and Affirmative Exclusions