On 30 September, a news release from the DEA is concerned with what it calls the largest health care fraud and opioid enforcement action in DoJ history. A nationwide enforcement action involved 345 charged defendants across 51 federal districts, including more than 100 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals. These defendants have been charged with submitting more than $6 billion in false and fraudulent claims to federal health care programmes and private insurers, including more than $4.5 billion connected to telemedicine, more than $845 million connected to substance abuse treatment facilities, or “sober homes,” and more than $806 million connected to other health care fraud and illegal opioid distribution schemes across the country.
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