Ohio, Kentucky doctors convicted in scheme to bill Medicaid for unnecessary urinalysis testing

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A federal jury on Thursday convicted two doctors for their involvement in healthcare fraud related to overbilling for urinalysis testing, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Court documents and evidence presented at trial show that Dr. William Lawrence Siefert of Dayton, OH, and Dr. Timothy Ehn of Union, KY, orchestrated a fraud scheme through Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief, a pain clinic in Florence, KY.

Siefert, a medical doctor, was employed by the clinic, and Ehn, a chiropractor, was the clinic’s owner. Siefert and Ehn billed Medicaid for millions of dollars in medically unnecessary urinalysis testing for their patients, including testing allegedly conducted on faulty machinery, OIG said.

Siefert and Ehn were each convicted of healthcare fraud, while Ehn was additionally convicted of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. They are scheduled to be sentenced on September 20 by a federal district court judge.

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