Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Opioids drive healthcare fraud crackdown - RT America

Opioids drive healthcare fraud crackdown - RT America

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged more than 400 people, including 56 doctors, with healthcare fraud that cost taxpayers approximately $1.3 billion, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsDOJ charges more than 400 people with healthcare fraud Justice Dept. won't release Sessions's remarks to anti-LGBT group DOJ misses deadline to provide Sessions's contacts with Russians: report MORE announced on Thursday. The government bears some responsibility for the opioid crisis, Price also said, because Washington's pain guidelines 20 years ago incentivized physicians to overprescribe opioids.

"Too many trusted medical professionals.have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients, " Sessions said.

A doctor at a Houston clinic is accused of writing 12,000 prescriptions for opioids, enough for more than 2 million illegal doses.

Sessions cited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reporting that the opioid epidemic kills more than 90 people every day.

The only question not redacted was Sessions' answer of "no" for the question, "have you or any member of your immediate family in the past seven years had any contact with a foreign government, its establishment or its representatives, whether inside or outside the United States?"

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Over 300 agents from the HHS Office of the Inspector General were involved in the crackdown, along with 30 state Medicare fraud units and 370 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Though Mallinckrodt would not admit to any wrongdoing, the settlement is another indication that the DoJ is interested in pursuing the source of opioid abuse, rather than its low-level offenders like addicts.

In one case, a group of six MI doctors allegedly operated a scheme to provide patients with unnecessary opioid prescriptions and later billed Medicare for $164 million in false claims.

Sessions and Price were joined at the conference by acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, DEA Director Chuck Rosenberg and HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson.

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