Category: Pain Management Malpractice

Alaska Doctor Sentenced To 34 Months For Illegal Prescriptions Resulting In 5 Deaths

The United States Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Alaska announced on January 18, 2022 that Wasilla, Alaska 64-year-old medical doctor David Chisholm has been sentenced by a federal judge to 34 months in prison followed…
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Maryland Pain Management Doctor Who Sexually Abused Patients Has His Request For Reinstatement Denied

The Maryland Board of Physicians (“Board”), in its Order dated December 27, 2021, denied the application for reinstatement filed by a Maryland pain management doctor, finding that he was not fit to return to the practice of medicine and further…
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Federal Jury Holds Pharmacies Responsible For Role In Opioid Crisis In Ohio

On November 23, 2021, a federal jury determined that CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies created a public nuisance by recklessly distributing massive amounts of opioid pills in two Ohio counties. The amount of damages the two Ohio counties may receive…
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Texas Pain Management Physicians Pay $3.9 Million For Alleged Unnecessary Urine Drug Testing

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on October 22, 2021 that two Texas physicians, Robert Wills and Brannon Frank, have agreed to pay $3.9 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing Medicare, Medicaid,…
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Michigan Appellate Court Rules Pain Management Specialist Not Qualified To Testify Against Anesthesiologist

In its unpublished opinion dated November 4, 2021, the State of Michigan Court of Appeals (“Michigan Appellate Court”) held that “the trial court erred by failing to strike plaintiff’s expert witness, Dr. Savala, as he was not qualified to give…
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Michigan Pain Doctor Convicted In $100 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

A federal jury in the Eastern District of Michigan convicted a Michigan doctor on September 22, 2021 for his role in masterminding and executing a complex scheme to defraud Medicare and other health insurance programs by administering medically unnecessary spinal…
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Massashusetts Appellate Court Reverses Summary Judgment Against Pro Se Medical Malpractice Plaintiff

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Appeals Court stated in its unpublished Memorandum and Order entered on September 1, 2021: “Representing himself, Cook pursued a range of claims implicating the adequacy of his informed consent, and possible malpractice or misconduct in both…
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Manhattan Pain Management Doctor Sentenced To 210 Months In Prison For Oxycodone And Fentanyl Prescriptions

On July 8, 2021, Gordon Freedman, a doctor who practiced in New York, New York, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 121 months in prison for participating in a scheme to receive bribes and kickbacks in the form of…
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Medical Director Of Maryland Pain Management Practice Pleads Guilty To Accepting Kickbacks

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced on June 10, 2021 that 65-year-old Howard Hoffberg, M.D. (“Hoffman”) pleaded guilty on June 9, 2021 to the federal charge of conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback statutes in connection with a…
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Montana Supreme Court Overturns Negligent Homicide Convictions Of Opioid-Prescribing Doctor

The Supreme Court of the State of Montana (“Montana Supreme Court”), in a 4-3 decision filed on September 16, 2020, overturned the negligent homicide convictions of a former Montana doctor who was charged with distributing dangerous drugs outside the course…
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