Orthopedic surgeon arrested in $10 million telehealth fraud case

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced Thursday that an orthopedic surgeon had been arrested and charged with healthcare fraud.

According to a press release, the surgeon, 56-year-old Dr. Elemer Raffai, is accused of allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare in exchange for kickbacks from telemedicine companies.

“These allegations describe a physician who is more motivated by personal enrichment than his duty to provide appropriate and necessary care to his patients,” said HHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert in a statement.

“Dr. Raffai is accused not only of disregarding proper patient care, but also of pilfering funds from a program upon which millions of citizens depend for health services,” Lampert continued.

Source: Orthopedic surgeon arrested in $10 million telehealth fraud case / Healthcare IT News

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