Sanford settles with state over improper Medicaid billing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota attorney general’s office says Sanford Health must pay more than $329,000 to settle allegations of improper billing to the South Dakota Medicaid plan.

The penalty resulted from billing that was done on behalf of former Sanford neurosurgeon Dr. Wilson Asfora. A federal lawsuit accuses Asfora of using medical devices he had invested in during his surgeries involving Medicaid patients. Federal anti-kickback laws prohibit health providers from using goods or services in which they have a financial interest for patients participating in federal medical programs.

Asfora has denied the allegations and has filed a counter suit against Sanford.


December 1, 2020