The Courier News cites Phillips & Cohen whistleblower attorneys Colette Matzzie and Emily Stabile in its coverage of their clients’ qui tam case against several New York and New Jersey pain management clinics and their physician owner.
The devices, known as “P-Stims” (percutaneously placed microchip-controlled pulsed neurotransmitters) and “NSS” (Neuro-Stim System) are considered acupuncture under Medicare guidelines, according to Emily Stabile, a whistleblower attorney at Phillips & Cohen, who added that with few exceptions, Medicare does not allow billing for acupuncture procedures.
Colette Matzzie, a whistleblower attorney and partner at Phillips & Cohen, said the former employees were concerned about the high number of procedures the clinics were recommending and performing.
Pain management clinics and their practices have been a government enforcement target recently for providing unnecessary medical treatment, illegal kickbacks and other issues.
Read the entire article, “NJ, NY pain management clinics pay $7.4 million to settle Medicare fraud case,” on The Courier News’ website.