DOJ charges more than 400 people with healthcare fraud

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the collective action the "largest healthcare fraud take-down operation in American history" and said it indicates that some doctors, nurses and pharmacists "have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients".

Prosecutors in MI charged six doctors for their alleged role in billing for unnecessary prescription painkillers and charging Medicare $164 million for medically unnecessary drug tests and other procedures.

Several other LGBTQ advocates said they were particularly troubled by the decision to keep Sessions' remarks private.

Six doctors, for example, are accused of prescribing unnecessary opioids in MI and billing Medicare for $164 million in false or fraudulent claims, Sessions said. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

The busts also constitute the largest opioid-related fraud charging in US history-120 of the defendants, including doctors, face charges for their role in prescribing and distributing opioids and other narcotics. The abuse of pharmaceutical opioids is widely blamed for a medical crisis involving tens of thousands of overdoses on heroin and fentanyl.

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Sessions also announced that nearly 300 providers would be suspended or banned from participating in federal health care programs.

Another fraudulent rehabilitation facility in Florida allegedly billed the government for $58 million for false tests and treatments., he added.

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

Form SF-86, required for government employees working in national security, indicated Sessions has had no immediate contact with any foreign government or its representatives in the past seven years. Sessions said federal investigators "believe there are a lot more cases that need to be brought" and that the medical community needs to continue efforts to reduce the amount of opioid prescribing in the country.

"We must address prescribers with questionable prescribing patterns for opioids to ensure that Medicare Part D is not paying for unnecessary drugs that are being diverted for resale or recreational use", the OIG concluded.

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