Sessions: More than 400 charged for health care fraud

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A day late, the Justice Department complied this morning with a federal court order and released part of a security clearance form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with foreign governments.

"Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients", Sessions told reporters in Washington, D.C.

Prosecutors in MI charged six doctors for their alleged role in billing for unnecessary prescription painkillers and charging Medicare $164 million for medically unnecessary drug tests and other procedures.

"You can judge a person by the company they keep and tonight - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is choosing to spend his time speaking in front of one of the country's leading anti-LGBTQ hate groups", said Joel Kasnetz, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

In the last week alone, more than a dozen people - including several doctors - have been charged with health care fraud crimes in federal court in Detroit involving more than $164 million in false billings, The News reported.

At the end of the press conference, Sessions and Price discussed their strategies to address the country's drug-addiction epidemic, which is heavily fueled by increased levels of opioid prescriptions.




Authorities spotlighted a Palm Beach County sober-homes facility for Medicare patients with substance abuse problems, saying the owners and others submitted $58 million in Medicare claims for bogus drug treatment services.

Four out of five new heroin users get their start on prescription painkillers, said the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chuck Rosenberg.

Sessions said that because of the crackdown, 295 health care providers could now potentially be suspended or barred from participating in federal health programs.

The only question not redacted was Sessions' answer of "no" for the question, "have you or any member of your immediate family in the past seven years had any contact with a foreign government, its establishment or its representatives, whether inside or outside the United States?"

"The nation is in the midst of a crisis", McCabe said.

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