The 1863 Law That's Haunting Business

To eye surgeon Paul Michelson, the evidence looked conclusive. Puzzled by what he believed to be unnecessary surgery done by a colleague at the Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif., Michelson started digging. He concluded the doctor billed medicare for a more costly glaucoma treatment than he had performed: Each time, the feds paid $1,000 for a service that costs under $400.

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