Alabama legislator charged in Medicare fraud scheme

Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry has been charged in a Medicare fraud scheme involving physician kickbacks, according to The Hill.

From 2015 to  2017, the Republican representing the 9th District owned MyPractice24, which provided pain management services to patients with two or more chronic conditions. His company   received a percentage of Medicare reimbursements from physicians who referred the patients, according to The Hill. Mr. Henry is accused of paying Montgomery, Ala.-based internist Gilberto Sanchez, MD, and his staff kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals.

Mr. Henry also is accused of helping Dr. Sanchez give kickbacks to patients who enrolled in his pain management program by waiving their Medicare copays.

Charges against Mr. Henry include  healthcare fraud, conspiring to pay kickbacks and to defraud the U.S., paying unlawful kickbacks, conspiring to commit healthcare fraud and conspiring to commit money laundering.

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