12 legal cases in May

Here are 12 legal cases involving physicians, clinics and healthcare organizations that Becker's has reported on in May:

  1. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates and the Foundation of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary agreed to pay over $5.4 million to resolve false claims act allegations.
  2. Kenneth Wiseman, DO, and Steven Schmidt, DO, owners of Philadelphia-based Complete Physician Services, agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle false claim violation allegations.
  3. Jeffrey Sutton, DO, of Niles, Ohio, was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $170,000 for illegally distributing controlled substances and healthcare fraud.
  4. Derek Lado, DO, and his Grand Rapids, Mich.-based practice Elite Medical Spine & Musculoskeletal Center agreed to pay $135,871 to resolve false claims allegations.
  5. Former Denton, Texas, physician Stanley Charles Evans was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for drug trafficking violations.
  6. Pennsylvania physician Douglas Files, DO, agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the Controlled Substances Act.
  7. Ndudi Aniemeka, MD, owner of Chicago-based Boycin Medical Clinic, and his wife and clinical administrator Obiageli Aniemeka, were ordered to pay more than $3 million for home health agency kickbacks and Medicare fraud.
  8. Northeast Medical Group and Yale New Haven Health Service Corp. entered into a civil settlement agreement to resolve allegations that they overbilled federal Medicare and Connecticut Medicaid programs.
  9. Kansas physician Gautam Jayaswal, MD, admitted to his role in a telemedicine fraud scheme.
  10. Michigan podiatrist Kenneth Mitchell, DPM, was sentenced to seven years in prison for orchestrating a healthcare fraud conspiracy that involved nearly $2 million in false and fraudulent Medicare claims, in addition to identity theft and false records.
  11. Beverly Hills, Calif.-based plastic surgeon Joel Aronowitz, MD, agreed to pay $23.9 million to settle allegations he submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.
  12. Envision Healthcare, a physician services company, was awarded $91.2 million in its arbitration against UnitedHealthcare for underpayment of essential medical care from 2017 to 2018 while the two had an in-network agreement.

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