Shane Faithful, owner of Gulfton Community Health Center in Houston, and one of the clinic's doctors, Gazelle Craig, both were sentenced to 35-year prison terms after being convicted of unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances and conspiracy to unlawfully distribute controlled substances for their involvement in a pill-mill operation. Authorities said Craig prescribed over 33,000 prescriptions of hydrocodone and carisoprodol from March 2015 to July 2017, and they charged $300 per opioid prescription.
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George Beecher, an otolaryngologist from New Providence, N.J., could face a maximum 10-year prison term after pleading guilty to conspiracy and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. An investigation found Beecher wrote tens of thousands of medically unnecessary oxycodone prescriptions for people he didn't meet, examine or treat, which supplied an oxycodone distribution ring with the drug.
Etienne Allonce, owner of the medical equipment firm Medical Solutions Management, entered a not-guilty plea to health care fraud and conspiracy in a Long Island, N.Y., court for his alleged involvement in a Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme. Allonce, who fled the country and hid in Haiti for several years after being accused of fraud in 2007, allegedly conspired with his wife, Helen Michel, in submitting $10 million worth of fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Medicare for unprovided medical services, prosecutors said.
Rita Luthra, a former gynecologist from Longmeadow, Mass., was ordered to serve one year of probation after being convicted of violating privacy laws and lying to federal agents in relation to a kickback scheme investigation involving the now-defunct drugmaker Warner Chilcott. Authorities accused Luthra of accepting $23,500 in kickbacks through speaker fees in exchange for prescribing Warner's osteoporosis drugs and allowing a pharmaceutical firm representative to access her patient records to more efficiently complete preauthorization insurance forms.
Innovating compliance through automation More than 1/2 of those surveyed by KPMG indicate they aren’t yet automating their compliance activities. While 90% plan to increase funding for automation, just 1 in 5 has a well-defined strategy to automate compliance in the next two years. Read more.
Inui Health has secured clearance from the FDA to market its smartphone system for urine testing for detection of diabetes, urinary tract infection, kidney problems, pregestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
Bloodworks Northwest has introduced a smartphone app that allows people to track their blood donations, schedule appointments and find blood drives. Bill Harper of application developer Degree 37 said focus groups showed that younger adults were as willing as their parents to donate but may not be reached through traditional media.
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