New Jersey was joined in the lawsuit by New York and Georgia. The case was initiated by two doctors, the AG said.
CHERRY HILL, NJ – New Jersey has joined two other states in suing a group of medical centers for allegedly subjecting Medicare and Medicaid recipients to unnecessary surgeries and defrauding both federal health insurance programs, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said.
New York, New Jersey and Georgia have filed a civil complaint against Fresenius Vascular Care (FVC), one of its New York-based executives, Dr. Gregg Miller, and several affiliates.
According to the suit, FVC scheduled end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients for appointments every three to four months to preserve their dialysis access sites.
At these appointments, FVC sedated the patients and performed invasive procedures on their veins and arteries, putting vulnerable patients at a heightened risk of grave complications, the lawsuit said.
In reality, most of these patients had no problems receiving dialysis and did not need these surgeries, Platkin said.
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The lawsuit comes after a joint investigation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.
The case was initiated by two doctors, who are pursuing claims on behalf of 16 additional states pursuant to those states’ false claims acts, Platkin said.