Po­di­a­trist sen­tenced in Orthofix fraud case

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - —Joe Carl­son

A Vir­ginia po­di­a­trist who lied to a grand jury about al­ter­ing pa­tient records to in­crease Medi­care bills has be­come the eighth per­son sen­tenced in the long-run­ning fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion of or­tho­pe­dic de­vice­maker Orthofix In­ter­na­tional N.V.

Dr. Ilene Ter­rell of Fred­er­icks­burg, Va., re­cently was sen­tenced to five months in prison and five months of house ar­rest for telling a Bos­ton grand jury in 2012 that she didn’t al­ter pa­tient records to jus­tify billing Medi­care for Orthofix bone-re­pair de­vices. She joins sev­eral high-rank­ing Orthofix of­fi­cials who have been sen­tenced to prison af­ter ad­mit­ting to us­ing bribes and al­tered pa­tient records to drive up Medi­care pre­scrip­tions for de­vices that help pa­tients build up bone fol­low­ing surg­eries.

The Lewisville, Texas-based com­pany pleaded guilty in 2012 to ob­struct­ing a federal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fraud and paid $42 mil­lion in crim­i­nal fines and civil pay­ments in a plea deal.

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