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Skin Care Doctors Edina Minnesota

Doctor blows the whistle on dermatology office’s alleged Medicare fraud

A Minnesota dermatologist and his practice are paying $850,000 to settle allegations of falsely billing Medicare for dermatology procedures, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The whistle-blower formerly was a physician in the practice, the office said.

Federal and state prosecutors took Skin Care Doctors and its president and CEO, Dr. Michael Ebertz, to court, alleging they submitted false claims. Skin Care Doctors has locations in Burnsville, Edina, Orono and St. Cloud.

“Medicare is a public trust. This resolution against both the company and its CEO safeguards that trust and restores needed funds to Medicare,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Bildsten said in a statement. “This office is committed to taking necessary actions to rectify inflated billing to federal programs.”

A statement provided by a Minneapolis law firm said that the agreement reflected a “business decision” by Skin Care Doctors and Ebertz to settle the matter in order to avoid the uncertainty and expense of litigation while continuing to serve their patients.