Malove says that pain clinics play an important role in the healthcare industry by offering a lower-cost alternative to full clinics and hospitals. “The real tragedy is that once a pain clinic is shut down, bona fide pain patients are sent scrambling to get their meds elsewhere. A large number are forced to buy their drugs underground. This means that the effort to shutter pain clinics in the name of law and order creates a whole slew of people who must turn to the black market to get their meds in order to deal with their chronic pain before other measures can be taken.”
According to remarks made at a press conference last week, undercover agents sent into the Pompano Beach Medical Corp were given prescriptions with little examination. Over a two-year period agents were able to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances for conditions that law enforcement medical experts claim do not require pain killers.
“This could certainly be a case of a bad apple,” Malove said, “But it’s important to remember that not all pain clinics operate this way. Each clinic is under intense scrutiny, and has to follow a very complex set of government regulations. If we criminalize pain clinics as an industry, we penalize honest doctors and force chronic pain patients to get treated elsewhere, sometimes through criminal activity.”
A total of seven doctors, three clinic owners and one owner’s relative were arrested in the raid and charged with crimes ranging from money laundering to trafficking in a controlled substance.
About Robert David Malove:
Robert David Malove has been recognized as a criminal trial law expert by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Law Attorney Mr.Malove concentrates on legal issues relating to the white collar crime defense and healthcare/medicare fraud defense. His Health Care Fraud Blog has received widespread recognition. Mr. Malove is a co-author of the noted treatise, WHITE COLLAR CRIME: HEALTH CARE FRAUD (West)(2012-2013.ed.)
Health care providers facing Medicare fraud or other health care fraud charges can contact Robert Malove at 954-861-0384.