Attorney General files lawsuit against Pain Management Clinics - WSMV News 4

Attorney General files lawsuit against Pain Management Clinics

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Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III filed a lawsuit against a network of pain management clinics on Thursday. The lawsuit, filed in Williamson County Circuit Court, alleged millions of dollars in fraudulent claims to TennCare since 2006.

The clinics are owned and operated by Michael Kestner, the primary owner, and his business partner, Dr. Lisabeth Williams. MMi operates at least 18 pain management clinics throughout Tennessee.

The purpose of the clinics is to treat people with chronic pain. According to the lawsuit, a fraudulent scheme that involved subjecting patients to unnecessary medical procedures was conducted at MMi.

“These clinics put profit over patients, “said General Slatery. “Even more disturbing than the millions of dollars in fraudulent claims to the state is their lack of compassion for those coming to them for treatment.”

The lawsuit suggests that MMi would bill for a patient for something that they were never even diagnosed for. It also alleges that Kestner and Williams purposely filed false claims for their own personal gain through their providers.

The State is seeking $7 million in damages in addition to civil penalties.

Click here for the full complaint.

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