Yesterday, the Trump administration — by way of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human and Services Secretary Tom Price — announced a massive bust on a nationwide fraud that was hurting millions of Americans.
Described as being the largest healthcare fraud in U.S. history, the Department of Justice is bringing charges against 412 suspects who have been busted for $1.3 billion in fraud, including 115 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. In addition, 295 health care providers have been banned. (via Department of Justice)
Inspector General Daniel Levinson confirmed this is the largest criminal healthcare fraud takedown in history. Over 1,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agents were involved in the effort, with arrests occurring Thursday in 41 federal districts simultaneously. (via Dennis Michael Lynch)
“Over 120 defendants, including doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics,” the Department of Justice stated.
The defendants were involved in fraudulent billing schemes involving Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE. Those involved were prescribing false and unnecessary drugs as well as illegally distributing opioids.
“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.
“Amazingly, some have made their practices into multimillion 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 addiction and cause addictions to start. The consequences are real: emergency rooms, jail cells, futures lost, and graveyards.” (via Department of Justice)
Secretary Price commented, “Healthcare fraud is not only a criminal act that costs billions of taxpayers’ dollars – it is an affront to all Americans who rely on our national healthcare programs for access to critical healthcare services and a violation of trust.”
“We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country: we will find you. We will bring you to justice. And, you will pay a very high price for what you have done,” warned the Attorney General.
When the average American thinks about drug epidemics, they usually think of cocaine, heroin, or any other number of narcotics that usually come from across the border. What most people don’t realize is that many Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers as well.
Millions of people across the country are suffering due to the greed and corruption of some doctors who break their oaths for a profit. (via National Institute On Drug Abuse)
As one reads the details about this bust, one can’t help but feel nauseated at the sheer criminality of some of these doctors. In one instance, a fake rehab facility for drug addicts recruited addicts via gift cards, visits to strip clubs, and even drugs. The fictitious company billed over $58 million in bogus treatments.
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In another case, doctors at an illegal clinic gave out prescriptions for cash, with one doctor giving out 12,000 unjustified opioid prescriptions for over 2 million illegal painkiller doses.
In another instance, doctors prescribed controlled substances which were sold on the street and billed Medicare $164 million.
The shocking list of cases goes on and on, and we encourage readers to read the full report on the Department of Justice’s website. However, I think it’s reasonable to say that the Trump administration is doing what they promised to do: fulfilling their obligation of protecting the American people.