In the course of investigating suspected fraudulent activity involving a number of Southern California healthcare providers and laypersons, Knox Ricksen LLP and several other parties have reviewed documents that suggest that counterfeit spinal hardware may have been implanted in thousands of patients in Southern California healthcare facilities. Clients who had spinal fusions though worker’s compensation billing may have been the most strongly affected. It is believed that products that were originally represented as name brand FDA approved products were actually knock off, low quality duplication of the original. The fraud scheme may have paid tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks for referrals for spinal surgeries to doctors, lawyers, and other co-conspirators. These knock off parts could be dangerous since they did not go through the general channels of production, distribution and approval. In addition, there are several indications that many of this surgeries may have been unnecessary and only performed for the purposes of financial gain for individuals involved in the fraud ring.
Evidence suggests that individuals in counterfeit hardware may have been used between 2003 and 2013 at several California hospitals for the purposes of worker’s compensation billed spinal fusions.
While several hospitals may have been affected, it is believed that Pacific Hospital of Long Beach (Long Beach, CA) and Tri-City Regional Medical Center (Hawaiian Gardens, CA) may have a high incidence of spinal fusions using suspected counterfeit hardware.
Other Hospitals of Interest include:
- Riverside Community Hospital
- St. Bernardine Medical Center
- Eisenhower Memorial Hospital
- Moreno Valley Community Hospital
- Hallmark Surgery Center
- Redwood Memorial Hospital
- Parkview Community Hospital
- Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center
- Tri City San Diego
- Kindred Hospital Rancho Specialty Hospital
- Health-south Glenwood Surgical Center
- St. Joseph Hospital, Orange
- St. Jude Hospital, Fullerton
- Mission Regional Medical Center
- St. Mary Medical Center
- St. Joseph Hospital
- Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
If you or someone you know had a spinal fusion surgery and you would like more information, please contact us as soon as possible.
There have been several articles in the Wall Street Journal covering alleged kickback allegations at Southern California hospitals. In these articles, reporters investigate the possibility that several individuals working at the hospitals mentioned, physicians, and several other individuals may have not only been aware of the use of counterfeit hardware but may have profited from the sale of the products.
FBI news release : Former owner of Long Beach Hospital Charged in Health Care Fraud Scheme that Paid Tens of Millions of Dollars in Kickbacks for Referrals for Spinal Surgeries Billed to Workers’ Comp Programs:
LB Report – Feds Charge Former Owner (Drobot) Of LB’s Pacific Hospital In Health Care Fraud Scheme; He Accepts Plea Agreement Alleging State Sen. Ron Calderon Took Bribes To Keep State Law Alive (Now Repealed) Enabling Big Sums For Owner’s Companies; Feds Separately Indict Sen. Ron Calderon & Brother Tom On Alleged Political Corruption Charges
In a separate investigation, Adjuster.com covered a FBI search warrant that was served at the Pacific Hospital in Long Beach:
Knox Ricksen LLP is actively investigating the possibility of fraudulent activity regarding counterfeit spinal hardware. If you believe you have information regarding this investigation or your had a spinal fusion surgery after 2007 and believe you may have counterfeit spinal implants, please contact us immediately.
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