Report: Menendez Pal Melgen Billed Medicare Millions for Unnecessary Medical Procedures

Posted by on Feb 08, 2013 at 11:07 am

Well, at least we know where he got those hundreds of thousands of dollars he pumped into Democrat coffers. Nice scam these guys have going, huh?

A South Florida eye surgeon who’s a friend of a U.S. senator is under federal criminal investigation for billing Medicare millions of dollars to treat elderly patients for services they may not have needed, The Herald has learned.

Federal agents began investigating Dr. Salomon Melgen last year, sources say, after investigators suspected he overbilled the taxpayer-funded health program by using a high-priced drug called Lucentis, which is injected into patients’ eyes.

The agents raided Melgen’s West Palm Beach offices last week. He’s also under FBI examination for his ties to Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, who tried to help Melgen with another Medicare dispute.

Several sources familiar with the doctor’s practice said he used the drug, which costs $2,000 a vial, to treat patients with macular degeneration more than any other ophthalmologist in Florida and possibly the country. His high patient volume also raised red flags for investigators, the sources said.

Under Medicare policies, a doctor may only prescribe treatment that is “reasonable” and “necessary.” To make a case, federal prosecutors would have to prove that Melgen needlessly treated patients simply to run up sky-high Medicare bills.

Isn’t it time Democrats and Menendez started giving back all their donations? Funny how the disinterested media isn’t asking that question.

Melgen donated more than $750,000 last year to Menendez’s reelection campaign and other political committees and candidates.

Even Time notices it’s been a really bad week for the corrupt Menendez.

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