We are stopping corrupt medical professionals in their tracks. — Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. of the Justice Department's Criminal Division
We are stopping corrupt medical professionals in their tracks. — Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. of the Justice Department's Criminal Division

These fraudulent activities prey on our most vulnerable — those in pain, the substance-addicted, and even the homeless — those who are most susceptible to promises of relief, recovery, or a new start. — DEA Administrator Anne Milgram
These fraudulent activities prey on our most vulnerable — those in pain, the substance-addicted, and even the homeless — those who are most susceptible to promises of relief, recovery, or a new start. — DEA Administrator Anne Milgram

Feds charge 138, including doctors, with $1.4 billion in health-care fraud involving telemedicine, Covid, opioids
  • The Department of Justice announced criminal charges against 42 medical professionals and nearly 100 other people for alleged health-care fraud that involved about $1.4 billion in suspected losses.
  • The cases charged by the DOJ include ones involving the use of telemedicine services as part of the fraud, which alone accounted for approximately $1.1 billion in alleged losses.
  • The other charged schemes involved fraud that exploited the Covid-19 pandemic, or involved substance abuse treatment facilities known as “sober homes,” and opioid distribution networks.
  • 23 doctors were charged in the schemes.
The telemedicine cases built on prosecutions launched in 2019 and 2020, which involved allegations of billing Medicare for fraudulent genetic cancer testing, and telemedicine executives paying doctors and others to order unnecessary durable medical equipment, diagnostic testing and medications, either without actually interacting with patients or having a brief call with ones they had never met or seen.

The other charged schemes announced Friday involved fraud that exploited the Covid-19 pandemic, or involved substance abuse treatment facilities known as “sober homes,” and opioid distribution networks.

“We are stopping corrupt medical professionals in their tracks,” Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division told reporters during a briefing about the case.

... Polite noted that opioid-related overdoses killed a “record number of Americans, nearly 70,000,” last year, and that drug overdose deaths overall increased by more than 30%, with 90,000 people dead as a result in 2020.

... “Holding to account those responsible for health care fraud and diversion of prescription drugs is a priority for DEA,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram in a statement.

“These fraudulent activities prey on our most vulnerable – those in pain, the substance-addicted, and even the homeless – those who are most susceptible to promises of relief, recovery, or a new start,” Milgram said.


″Not only do these schemes profit from desperation, but they often leave their victims even deeper in addiction.”
Read the full article: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/17/doj-charges-138-with-health-care-fraud-including-opioids-covid-telemedicine.html