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Amherst optician to pay state $24,000 to settle Medicaid billing case

An Eggertsville optician has agreed to pay $24,000 in restitution and damages to settle claims that he improperly billed Medicaid for eyeglasses over a three-year period, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

John Renna of Renna Optical billed Medicaid for glasses that Medicare should have paid for and, at the same time, billed Medicaid for glasses that never were delivered to his patients, the office said in a statement.

The claims involve six patients. Renna told The Buffalo News the patients had undergone cataract surgery and were eligible for new glasses, paid for by Medicare, with Medicaid picking up 20 percent of the cost. Renna said he got the permission of the patients to bill Medicare before they came in to order their glasses, but the patients never followed up.

However, according to the Attorney General’s Office, Renna billed and was paid by Medicaid for premade glasses that he distributed to the same six patients. The patients were not eligible for Medicaid-funded glasses, the office said.

The allegations covered early 2010 through late 2013.

Renna is paying the state $24,000 through the New York False Claims Act. The office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit handled the investigation.

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