California is cracking down on graft in the state’s system of medical care for injured workers with two bills recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Sean E. O’Keefe was a well-known attorney for injured workers in San Diego. But he didn’t get success the old-fashioned way – he paid cash for the bulk of the clients who walked through his door.
California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would bar medical providers who’ve been convicted of felonies from treating injured workers.
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A California lawmaker says “something needs to be done” about widespread medical fraud in the state’s workers’ compensation system and has called on a state commission to launch an in-depth review.
Southern California prosecutors have filed a new round of charges against medical providers who care for the state’s injured workers, raising further questions about state oversight of the program that covers 15 million people.
By joining a False Claims Act lawsuit, the Justice Department brings additional legal firepower and evidence from an independent probe that validates aspects of the whistleblower’s case.
Employers are paying the price for what prosecutors throughout California describe as more than $1 billion in medical fraud plaguing the state system.
In many ways, scamming the health system meant to heal California’s injured workers is just too easy. Case documents reveal gaping holes in the state’s strategy to prevent fraud.
A review of thousands of criminal court records shows a workers’ compensation system in which pay-to-play schemes trump patient care, particularly in unregulated treatments rejected by insurers and disputed in obscure courts.