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Over 100 US healthcare providers are charged in $1.3bn fraud case

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3452 (Published 17 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3452
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

US law enforcement officials have charged 412 individuals in more than 30 states—including 115 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals—for allegedly participating in healthcare fraud schemes involving over $1.3bn (£1bn; €1.13bn) in false billings.

In a 13 July press conference announcing the indictments Jeff Sessions, US attorney general, said that many of the cases involved prescription and distribution of opioids and other narcotics, contributing to the country’s ongoing opioid addiction epidemic.

“Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients,” said Sessions. …

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