Meant to include this one earlier, brought to our attention from our friends over at PathologyBlawg.com
A chain of opiate addiction recovery centers, headquartered in Harrodsburg, Ky., and a Russell Springs, Ky., clinical laboratory, along with two physician owners, agreed to pay the U.S. Government millions of dollars to resolve civil allegations that they fraudulently billed federal health care programs for medically unnecessary and excessive urine tests.
Strangely, DOJ and the states Attorney Generals don¹t see to be concerned about the same abuse in the private insurance sector.
However, something to chew on – are medical plans obtained through the Federal Healthcare Exchange (or a state exchange) elevated to a federal health care program. I assume the answer is “no” as a mere result of legal definition, but we will wait and see.
Still, the fox appears to be the only one watching the hen house.