New Round Of Charges Filed Against Medical Providers Who Care For State’s Injured Workers
More than 100,000 injured workers have encountered the providers who are facing fraud charges.
Fraud Accusations Grow In California’s Embattled Workers’ Comp System
Southern California prosecutors have filed a new round of charges against medical providers who care for the state’s injured workers, raising further questions about state oversight of the program that covers 15 million people. The cases push the tally of medical providers facing criminal charges close to 100. A Reveal investigation found that more than 100,000 injured workers have encountered the providers who are facing fraud charges, mostly in Southern California. The affected workers range from those debilitated by kickback-fueled spinal surgeries to people whose needs went unmet by allegedly profit-focused medical mills. The cost of questionable medical care also hits employers who pay for workers’ compensation insurance. In the case of public employers, taxpayers foot the bill. (Jewett, 6/1)