The United States Department of Justice arrested hundreds of people across the nation on Thursday, June 13 for their involvement in allegedly submitting fraudulent claims, and receiving payment for prescription painkillers that were neither filled by pharmacies nor given to patients. According to officials, these false billings totaled approximately $1.3 billion.
This crackdown is being called the largest health care fraud enforcement action taken by a Medicare Fraud Strike Force ever, and resulted in the arrests of more than 400 people. More than 120 of those arrested were charged with the prescription and distribution of opioids and other dangerous narcotics.
“Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a prepared statement. “Amazingly, some have made their practices into multi-million dollar criminal enterprises. They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves often at the expense of taxpayers but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start.”
At Schick Shadel Hospital, we put our patient’s needs first. Our staff of medical professionals are committed to providing those who seek out our help with the attention and care they need to fight through their addiction and reclaim control of their lives through our counter conditioning method – since we first opened our doors we have helped more than 68,000 people break free from their addictions. Give us a call at (800) 272-8464 to learn more about our treatment options, or send us a confidential message through our online form to ask any questions you may have.