A New Practice Model – Front for the Russian Mafia?

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

new medical practice model russian mafia front 150x150A new practice model?I bet there wasn’t a lot of call involved. This just out in a Medscape Medical News article today.

A grand jury has indicted 10 physicians and 26 others in a New York City federal court on charges of trying to rip off automobile insurers to the tune of roughly $279 million, and making off with about $113 million.

As in many other recent healthcare fraud cases, physicians are not the ringmasters in this alleged criminal enterprise. Rather, the indictment, unsealed today, states that they are fronts and underlings for a cadre of nonphysicians, primarily “individuals of Russian descent” with Mafia-style nicknames like “Russian Mike,” “Fat Mike,” “Skinny Mike,” “KGB,” and “Nose.”

Here’s a link to the full article