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Pain Management Group Agrees To Pay $312,000 To Resolve False Claims Act And Overpayment Allegations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee

Pain Management Group P.C. (“PMG”), based in Antioch, Tenn., has agreed to pay $312,000 to settle federal and state False Claims Act and overpayment allegations, announced Jack Smith, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.


The settlement resolves allegations that PMG caused the submission of false claims to Medicare and TennCare for medically unnecessary urine drug tests. The settlement also resolves allegations that PMG caused the submission of false claims to Medicare and TennCare for non-Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved pharmaceuticals Botox, Supartz, and Eufflexa, which PMG purchased from foreign-based suppliers. The United States contends that PMG administered the non-FDA approved pharmaceuticals to Medicare and TennCare patients and then billed Medicare and TennCare for the pharmaceuticals.


The United States’ investigation was initiated after extensive data analysis identified PMG as a potential outlier in the provision of urine drug testing to Medicare patients. Over the course of the investigation, the United States discovered information regarding PMG’s administration of non-FDA approved drugs to Medicare and TennCare patients. Once informed of the investigation, PMG cooperated and instituted remedial measures to address the United States’ allegations. The alleged conduct occurred during 2014-2015.


This matter was investigated by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Ehrlinspiel represented the United States.


The claims settled by this agreement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.


David Boling
Public Information Officer

Updated July 24, 2017

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