42 CFR 1001.1701 - Billing for services of assistant at surgery during cataract operations.
(1) Has knowingly and willfully presented or caused to be presented a claim, or billed an individual enrolled under Part B of the Medicare program (or his or her representative) for:
(i) Services of an assistant at surgery during a cataract operation, or
(ii) Charges that include a charge for an assistant at surgery during a cataract operation;
(2) Has not obtained prior approval for the use of such assistant from the appropriate Utilization and Quality Control Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) or Medicare carrier; and
(i) The number of instances for which claims were submitted or beneficiaries were billed for unapproved use of assistants during cataract operations;
(ii) The amount of the claims or bills presented;
(iii) The circumstances under which the claims or bills were made, including whether the services were medically necessary;
(iv) Whether approval for the use of an assistant was requested from the QIO or carrier; and
(v) Whether the physician has a documented history of criminal, civil, or administrative wrongdoing (the lack of any prior record is to be considered neutral).
(2) The period of exclusion may not exceed 5 years.