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Dental Entities Garner “High-Risk” Status from DHHS’ OIG

The Federal and Indiana State government recently announced that ImmediaDent of Indiana, LLC, and its administrative services provider, Samson Dental Partners, LLC, agreed to pay more than $5.1 million to settle allegations that they submitted false claims to Indiana's Medicaid program. The parties agreed to the financial settlement without admitting any wrongdoing and notably, without entering into an Integrity Agreement (IA) and/or Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA).  The Department of Health...

Dental Practice and DSO to Pay $5.1 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations

The Federal and Indiana State government recently announced that two dental firms agreed to pay more than $5.1 million to settle allegations that they submitted false claims to Indiana's Medicaid program. ImmediaDent of Indiana, LLC, and its administrative services provider, Samson Dental Partners, LLC, were accused of billing straightforward tooth pullings as surgical operations and billing for deep cleanings that were either not required and/or performed. According to the settlement,...

Frier Levitt Successfully Appeals Payor’s Termination of Physician

Frier Levitt recently represented a physician facing termination as a participating provider with a major commercial payor due to a medical malpractice settlement that was deemed to indicate a quality of care issue. With the payor's members comprising the majority of the physician's patient population, a termination of his provider contract would have devastated his practice and the community he serves. Frier Levitt assisted the physician in appealing the termination...

Kentucky‚Äôs Attorney General Targets Walgreens for Role in State’s Opioid Crisis

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against the Walgreens drugstore chain, claiming it failed to monitor its operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids throughout its more than 70 retail drugstores in Kentucky. The suit alleges that Walgreens failed to report to state and federal authorities suspiciously large orders it received for prescription opioids at the distribution level, and failed to monitor and flag suspicious prescriptions...

New York Physician Convicted for Opioid Overdose Deaths

On May 23, 2018, a federal jury convicted a New York doctor of causing the overdose deaths of two patients by illegally prescribing oxycodone. The doctor may face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $10 million fine. In an operation aimed at identifying providers who engage in negligent prescribing, an undercover detective acquired six oxycodone prescriptions from the doctor without a legitimate medical purpose during...