Massachusetts orthopedic surgeon convicted of healthcare fraud

Orthopedic

Orthopedic surgeon Olarewaju Oladipo, MD, was convicted of 10 counts of healthcare fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for District of Massachusetts.

From January 2016 through December 2019, Dr. Oladipo ran a scheme to defraud healthcare benefit programs by falsely billing for patient visits, according to a Dec. 14 news release. He used more complex codes for services that weren't provided.

During the scheme, he often billed for more than 60 patients per day while billing codes that corresponded to longer visits. He also prescribed opioids at a rate that made him one of the top prescribers in the state.

Dr. Oladipo will be sentenced March 12 next year. Each count carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

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