The owner of a Gainesville clinic that closed suddenly in August has agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims that he billed for services he didn’t perform and unnecessary diagnostic tests.
Dr. Robert Windsor owned the Georgia Pain Physicians office on Queen City Parkway, which closed without notice a few months after he pleaded guilty to the allegations in March.
Windsor will sell all but one of his residential and commercial properties, plus two boats and four personal watercraft, giving those proceeds to the government as part of the settlement, according to authorities.
Windsor was sentenced in October to three years and two months in federal prison and three years of supervised release, and he will begin that sentence March 22, according to court documents.
“Windsor placed patients at risk by claiming that he was monitoring the neurological health of patients during surgery when he actually had an unqualified medical assistant do the work,” U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a news release. “Windsor unfortunately put his own interests above the health and safety of his patients.”
Windsor’s actions caused false claims to be submitted to Medicare, Tricare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for online, real-time monitoring of surgeries that he didn’t actually perform between Jan. 1, 2008 and July 22, 2013, as well as unnecessary balance tests, nerve conduction and electromyography procedures and qualitative drug screens between Jan. 1, 2010 and June 30, 2014. The latter also was submitted to Georgia’s and Kentucky’s Medicaid programs.
Federal prosecutors said Windsor owned pain management clinics in Georgia and Kentucky that operated under the umbrella of National Pain Care Inc.
Other offices that were part of the group were located in Ringgold, Calhoun, Forest Park and Marietta.
“The announced monetary settlement involving Dr. Robert Windsor is a direct result of several years of hard work by federal agents and prosecutors as they pursued and enforced rampant violations of the federal False Claims Act,” said David J. LeValley, special agent in charge at the FBI Atlanta Field Office, in the news release.
“Providing medically unnecessary services to a vulnerable population, such as Medicare beneficiaries, places patients at risk and jeopardizes millions of taxpayer dollars,” said Derrick Jackson, special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, in the news release.