Feds raid another pharmacy company as Dallas becomes hot spot for physician kickbacks
Several medical businesses in Dallas are currently the subject of federal indictments and investigations.
Several medical businesses in Dallas are currently the subject of federal indictments and investigations. The FBI recently raided the Dallas offices of Next Health, which owned a network of testing labs and pharmacies, and is investigating whether it paid illegal kickbacks to doctors for referring patients to the company's pharmacies, said Dallas FBI agent Michael McCaslin during a recent court hearing. He also said Next Health is suspected of using animal drugs in its pharmacies and of manipulating ingredients in its compounded medications to overcharge insurance programs. McCaslin said doctors invested in Next Health's pharmacies and were paid kickbacks in the form of dividends that sometimes were linked to the number of their referrals. McCaslin said Andrew Hillman and Semyon Narosov, who are said to control both Next Health and Critical Health Care Management, reportedly also discussed purchasing pharmacies and shuttering them if questions came up during insurer audits. Next Health is already facing fraud allegations from insurance giant United Healthcare, which says the company paid bribes and kickbacks to providers for ordering overpriced and unnecessary drug and genetic tests under the pretense of a wellness study.