Doraville eye doctor pays $790K to settle Medicaid billing claims

A Doraville ophthalmologist paid $790,000 to settle claims he improperly billed Medicaid, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Thursday.

Zheng Ziang Wang and the Wang Eye Clinic repaid the state Department of Community Health, which administers Georgia’s Medicaid program, after billing it for medically unnecessary eye procedures, Olens said in an emailed statement.

“Performing unnecessary medical procedures is irresponsible and shortsighted,” Olens said. “Unnecessary procedures permanently impact a patient’s medical record, damage the trust the public has in its doctors, and increase the costs of health care for everyone.”

In an agreement with the Office of the Inspector General, Wang is banned from all government health-care programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, for at least five years, according to the statement.