California spine surgeon sentenced to 30 months in prison after $5M kickback scheme

Alan Condon -   Print  |

Spine surgeon Daniel Capen, MD, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Nov. 22 after pleading guilty to conspiracy and receiving kickbacks at the now defunct Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Calif., reports the Long Beach Post News.

Dr. Capen received more than $5 million in kickbacks to perform hundreds of spinal surgeries at the hospital. He referred patients to Pacific Hospital and used medical devices from a company affiliated with the hospital to perform surgeries.

Prosecutors said Dr. Capen was responsible for roughly $142 million of the hospital's insurance claims between 1998 and 2013, for which it was paid around $56 million.

He was among several physicians paid to refer patients to Pacific Hospital for surgeries in a 15-year scheme.

Ten people have been convicted for their roles in the kickback scheme, including the hospital's owner Michael Drobot, who is serving a five-year sentence.

More articles on spine:
Orthofix's M6-C cervical disc in 2019: 7 key developments
Dr. Robert Brady: How the 2020 CMS final rule will affect the spine field
How OrthoNY is trying to solve its recruiting problem

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2020. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies here.

Featured Webinars

Featured Whitepapers