GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A federal judge sentenced former Kalamazoo urogynecologist Roger Beyer to 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release for health care fraud and reusing medical devices on multiple patients.
As part of his sentence, Beyer was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $883,292 in restitution.
In September, Beyer’s wife, Susan Wright, was sentenced to three years probation for her role in the fraud.
Both Beyer and Wright pleaded guilty at a hearing in May.
Beyer, 72, owned Women’s Health Care Specialists, P.C., an obstetrics-gynecology practice in Kalamazoo, and Urological Solutions of Michigan, PLC, a medical practice consisting of traveling nurse practitioners in West Michigan.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wright knew the practice was fraudulently billing Medicare for services but never informed authorities.
In court hearings, federal prosecutors said from 2007 to 2019, Beyer and Wright, a nurse practitioner, directed staff in both practices to reuse a single-user rectal pressure sensor on a number of patients as part of pelvic muscle rehabilitation therapy. Court documents indicate Beyer and Wright put patients at risk by reusing the medical devices.
After the investigation of the clinics was made public, Beyer, on June 11, 2019, told News Channel 3 he had done nothing wrong.
He closed the practice and announced his retirement in July 2019, weeks after federal prosecutors launched their investigation.