USA charges hundreds in healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown
01 July, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
More than 600 medical professionals across the United States now face charges in connection with the "largest (ever) health care fraud crackdown", the us attorney's office said Thursday. One hundred and sixty-two of the defendants were charged "for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other risky narcotics", according to a press release by the Department of Justice.
Abrahamson, a licensed podiatrist, was charged with one count of health care fraud.
More than 42,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the Justice Department has been conducting investigations into some opioid manufacturers like OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, the cases stemming from the sweep did not focus on wrongdoing by major corporations.
The Justice Department also brought charges against medical professionals it said were contributing to the country's opioid epidemic by participating in the unlawful distribution of prescription painkillers.
As in years past, the charges involve alleged schemes to defraud the Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE programs, through home health care, pharmacy fraud, substance abuse testing and treatment, physical and occupational therapy, medical transportation, durable medical equipment and other areas of the health care industry. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.
Among the accused are 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists and 19 nurses. He thanked law enforcement agencies for their investigations. That's why this Department of Justice has taken historic new steps to go after fraudsters, including hiring more prosecutors and leveraging the power of data analytics. They were all participants in fraud schemes, which resulted in the Department of health lost more than $ 2 billion.
"It is not that we are over-regulating, but doctors and medical practitioners are more aware", he said. To maximize proceeds, Global engaged in additional fraudulent practices including automatically refilling and billing for prescriptions, regardless of patient need, and routinely waiving co-pays to incentivize patients to accept unnecessary medications and refills, according to charges and plea agreements in the case.
A Melville man is one of three Long Island doctors accused Thursday of committing fraud in what federal prosecutors said was a kickback scheme that cheated Medicare and Medicaid of as much as $163 million.
They are being charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing addictive painkillers.
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