Doctors, nurses among hundreds charged with defrauding U.S. health programs

Doctors, nurses among hundreds charged with defrauding U.S. health programsMore than 400 people, including doctors and nurses, have been charged with defrauding Medicare and other federal healthcare programs of $ 1.3 billion, with many accused of illegally distributing opioids and other narcotics, the Justice Department said on Thursday. A total of 412 people, including almost 115 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, have been charged in the sweeping enforcement action, the biggest ever by the multi-agency Medicare Strike Force, the Justice Department said in a statement. “Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in the statement.



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