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Thursday, July 13, 2017

MISSOURI MEDICARE PROVIDERS INCLUDED IN GROUP OF 412 DEFENDANTS CHARGED WITH FRAUD BY U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged defendants across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings. 

Of those charged, over 120 defendants, including 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 has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists. 

In the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, 16 defendants were charged in schemes involving over $16 million in claims, including 10 defendants charged as part of a scheme involving fraudulent lab testing.

Information is incomplete, but I'll be checking to see if Zia Shlaimoun's Medicare-qualified lab, Goldstar Laboratories Missouri LLC, is among the group charged.

More to come.

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