The U.S. Justice Department (USJD) announced last week a crackdown on hundreds of medical professionals and prescription distributors who are alleged to be participating in the unlawful distribution of prescription painkillers thus contributing to the country’s Opioid epidemic. Among others who were charged are health care providers who are accused of schemes to bill the programs such as Medicare and Tricare for charges on services they did not perform.
Over 601 people including doctors are being charged for taking part in healthcare frauds that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic in some cases, USJD alleges.
The arrests are part of an annual health care fraud takedown, USJD announced.
The health care fraud enforcement action involving 601 charged defendants across 58 federal districts, including 165 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving more than $2 billion in false billings.
Of those charged, 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests.
In addition, HHS announced today that from July 2017 to the present, it has excluded 2,700 individuals from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs, which includes 587 providers excluded for conduct related to Opioid diversion and abuse.
The Opioid epidemic has killed over 50,000 people in the U.S as of 2018 to present.
It’s unknown at this time if any arrests were conducted in Maverick County for health care fraud or contributing to the Opioid epidemic.