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Breaking: Largest medical fraud takedown in American history as more than 400 doctors, nurses and pharmacists are arrested

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Breaking: Largest medical fraud takedown in American history as more than 400 doctors, nurses and pharmacists are arrested for healthcare and opioid scams worth $1.3B in false billing

 

On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that federal prosecutors charged more than 400 people (doctors, nurses and pharmacists) for taking part in medical fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 BILLION in fraudulent billing.

In total, 412 individuals will be prosecuted by his office in what’s been called the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history.”


“Among those charged are six Michigan doctors accused of a scheme to prescribe unnecessary opioids. A Florida rehab facility is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs, leading to $58 million in false treatments and tests.

Officials said those charged in the schemes include more than 120 people involved in illegally prescribing and distributing narcotic painkillers.” Daily Mail, July 13, 2017." title="">1

In 2015, more than 52,000 Americans died of overdoses. In 2016, that number rose to 59,000 Americans. Thanks to pharmaceutical companies who convinced physicians and other pharmacists that they had created drugs (like Oxycontin and Vicodin) that could treat pain but not be addictive, we are in the middle of a crisis.

And the other half of that crisis falls in the lap of the dishonest and greedy doctors, nurses and pharmacists who took part in the scheme. By overprescribing meds to the poor and elderly (and billing the federal government), targeting hospitals in disadvantages areas, and conducting self-seeking research projects in order to distribute inaccurate data to doctors and researchers,Daily Mail, July 13, 2017." title="">2 thousands of people have died or become addicted. (In West Virginia alone, between the years of 2007 and 2012, 780,000,000 hydrocodone and oxycodone pills were sold.)

Posted by Anonymous on Jul. 14, 2017 at 6:31 PM
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jabs54
by Ruby Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 6:34 PM

 My experience is doctors won't give me pain pills when I need them.  I must be doing something wrong.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 14, 2017 at 6:35 PM
Prob

Quoting jabs54:

 My experience is doctors won't give me pain pills when I need them.  I must be doing something wrong.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jul. 14, 2017 at 6:37 PM
Thats awesome they caught them. I hope their punishments fit their crimes.
Patti-Gee
by Platinum Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 6:44 PM

Or they just don't want the hassle of prescribing controlled substances. 

I work in a Pain Med Practice.  The office protocol and federal guidelines keep everyone on their toes.  Especially the patients. 

Quoting Anonymous 2: Prob
Quoting jabs54:

 My experience is doctors won't give me pain pills when I need them.  I must be doing something wrong.


Not_A_Native
by Ruby Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 7:38 PM

Hmm.  Good.  My sister in law gets her Oxycontin (and oxycodone, and tramadol) from a quack doctor in OR.  I've reported him, so have a few others.  He has TERRIBLE reviews, all about overprescribing opiates.  People have died from overdoses.  He's still practicing.  OR has terrible oversight.  And yeah - she sees him every week, he gets reimbursed $90 for an office visit (which is just to say hi, and lasts about 3 minutes), then takes her prescription and fills that (also reimbursed by insurance).   Everyone is making money except the insurance company, and she gets her drugs.  What a scam!

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