Addiction Treatment Center Demands To See Justification For FBI Raids
Sovereign is questioning the legality of the government’s searches and seizures, but the affidavit offering the justification for the raids remains under seal by a court order.
Orange County Register:
O.C.-Based Sovereign Health Demands That FBI Release Document Justifying Raid On Its Treatment Centers
The FBI was hunting for evidence of health care fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, “laundering of monetary instruments” and illegal payments for patient referrals in June when more than 100 agents raided Sovereign Health’s offices and treatment centers, according to paperwork filed in federal court by attorneys for the company. ... With outpatient facilities and dozens of licensed beds, it’s a big player in Southern California, home to one the densest concentrations of drug and alcohol rehab centers in the nation. (Sforza and Saavedra, 9/11)
In other news from across the state —
Ventura County Star:
9-Year-Old Battle Over Clinic Hits Mitigation Stage
Leaders of a Ventura neighborhood group that won its lawsuit against the county of Ventura over the height of a clinic building said proposed measures to mitigate the clinic's impact appear woefully inadequate. "Almost everything that we've suggested they've said is infeasible," said Jackie Moran, leader of the neighbors who live in the foothills above the Ventura County Medical Center campus and its family medicine residency and specialty care clinic. Nine years ago, the neighbors sued the county, alleging the 90-foot-tall clinic in Ventura was being built without proper notice or required environmental review. They said it was much taller than the 75-foot building that was originally planned and on a different part of the campus, blocking their hillside views and intruding into their lives. (Kisken, 9/11)
Modesto, San Diego Health Care Companies Have The Same Name. They’re Headed To Court.
A company that calls itself one of the fastest-growing health care businesses in the United States is suing a Modesto-based company that has grown rapidly itself in the last four years. The case entitled “American Specialty Health Incorporated v. American Specialty Healthcare Inc.” was filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Fresno. (Carlson, 9/11)
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Scripps And Proton Center Part Ways
Three and a half years after putting its name on the region’s first and only proton therapy center, Scripps Health has agreed to step aside from day-to-day management as the facility’s owners reorganize in bankruptcy court. Jointly announced Monday by Scripps and owner California Proton Therapy Center, the change will take place on Dec. 6 with a new group of doctors assuming responsibility for operating the $220 million Sorrento Valley property that started treating patients in February of 2014. Protons have increasingly gained favor for treating cancerous tumors, especially in difficult-to-reach areas of the body but are still more expensive than X-ray-based radiation therapy. (Sisson, 9/11)