Milwaukee addiction center to pay $2M over alleged Medicaid fraud

The Healing Corner, a shuttered Milwaukee addiction center, must pay more than $2 million for allegedly defrauding Medicaid, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported March 3.

Siamak Arassi, MD, the clinic's only practitioner, allegedly ordered refills of Vivitrol, an addiction treatment medication, in the names of former patients. Those refills were reimbursed by Medicaid despite not being prescribed to patients Dr. Arassi was actively seeing, the report said.

Dr. Arassi then allegedly sold the Vivitrol to patients for cash for more than $1,000 per month, the report said. He was ordered to pay $2.35 million for False Claims Act violations.

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