The letters function as liens that “protect” spine surgery clinics while patients could be left with inflated medical bills and unexpected health risks.
Some insurers pocketed ‘eye-popping’ overpayments, billing records show.
The feds’ civil suit links exaggerated patient bills to “tens of millions” in overcharges.
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin and SpineFrontier were the subject of a recent KHN “Spinal Tap” investigation.
Doctors tied to professional sports teams share in investment bonanza.
Aggressive sales tactics have allegedly led surgeons to use defective or wrong-size implants, screws or other products on patients, including former Olympian Mary Lou Retton.
Federal officials say that some of the money changing hands has corrupted doctors and endangered patients.
Medicare Advantage company may face record penalty over alleged billing errors.
Details about race, ethnicity and occupation are often missing as data collected nationally is scattered across scores of digital systems that don’t connect. And the CDC doesn’t require vaccinators to report occupations of recipients, even though the order in which people get shots largely depends on their job.
Faustino Bernadett, who was convicted in a $30 million kickback scheme that referred spinal surgeries to his hospital, is among those pardoned for “major, major crimes.”