Former Philadelphia Doctor Sentenced To 30 Years For Running Pill Mill And Distributing Oxycodone Resulting In Patient Death

PHILADELPHIA – Today, a federal judge sentenced William J. O’Brien III, a former doctor of osteopathic medicine, to 30 years in prison for illegal distribution of controlled substances resulting in death and additional charges arising from O’Brien’s operation of a pill mill.  United States District Court Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro also ordered the defendant…

California Made Incorrect Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments to Hospitals

Although the California Department of Health Care Services (State agency) made Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program payments to eligible hospitals, it did not always make these payments in accordance with Federal requirements. Specifically, from October 1, 2011, through December 31, 2015, the State agency made incorrect Medicaid EHR incentive payments to 61 of…

United States Settles Health Care Fraud Action Involving Doctor Who Prescribed Unnecessary Opioid Prescriptions

A doctor who practiced in Warren, Michigan, agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by writing prescriptions for oxycodone and other controlled medications without medical justification, and for billing for medical services without medical justification, announced U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. From 2010 through early 2012, Hussein Awada,…

Washington State Made Incorrect Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments to Hospitals

Although the Washington State Health Care Authority (State agency) made Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program payments to eligible hospitals, it did not always make these payments in accordance with Federal requirements. Specifically, from October 1, 2011, through December 31, 2015, the State agency made incorrect Medicaid EHR incentive payments to 19 of the…