A nurse, prescription medication and her ex-husband associated with a wauwatosa pain Management Clinic I was accused of operating an illegal pill mill that gave thousands of opioids to people who did not really need them, federal agencies.
In a separate case, three Milwaukee residents were accused of prescribing oxycodone for prescribing fraud and identity theft.
"Not all drug traffickers carry weapons," said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel at a press conference in Milwaukee federal court on Friday. "And not all of them report drug cartels south of the border."
Lisa Hofschulz, 58, also practicing Florida, and Robert Hofschulz, 70, conspired to distribute the drugs to clients who had no legitimate medical need for them. They managed Clinical Pain Consultants at 2500 N. Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa.
The clinic opened in late 2014 and only took cash payments and no insurance. It paid $ 800,000 into its account in 2015 and more than $ 1 million in 2016.
According to a federal indictment, they hired other prescribers-newly graduated nurse practitioners with little pain experience-and also instructed them to prescribe the painkillers. They also referred a nurse, someone who was not authorized to prescribe the drugs, to distribute them to customers, if the licensed prescribers refused, the indictments.
For preferred customers, Lisa Hofshulz would even send out the prescriptions without an official visit, according to the indictments
On the website of her clinic she lists the following philosophy:
My goal is the To understand the causes and effects of the pain of each patient and to develop an individual treatment plan for each one. With regular follow-up, I assess your progress and adjust adjustments to the plan as needed.
The medical records of the State Nursing Office explain the practice of Hofschulz. They show that she has provided monthly prescriptions for different types of drugs, although urine tests show that customers are not using some of the medications – which means they may be selling them – and actually positive for non-prescribed, sometimes illegal drugs were tested. Some customers used cocaine. Hofschulz also routinely failed to capture or document the vital signs of their patients.
In addition, Hofschulz regularly prescribed massive cans; In the case of one client, she prescribed 210 oxycodone 30 mg tablets for four months each month, compared to the 180 and 150 tablets she had prescribed for the past eight months. For the same patient, she prescribed 60 alprazolam 1 mg tablets monthly for nearly one year, although the patient consistently tested negative test results for the drug, according to the state nursing office. In April, Hofschulz signed a mandatory 21-day suspension of her license, and a restriction on her practice to non-painful treatment, and a $ 10,000 reimbursement to the state for the investigation.
The records also indicate that she has stopped practicing in Wisconsin, although the website of Clinical Pain Consultants continues to list her as one of the practitioners in the office. If she ever wants to practice again in Wisconsin, she has 15 days notice in advance. Clinic officials could not be reached immediately on Friday, a day their office was closed.
Hofschulz's license to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber in Florida remains in good standing, and she is not the subject of discipline there, according to online Florida Health Department records.
She has a practice in Naples, which is closed on Fridays, according to the Office Voice message
Clinic with Roofer opened
Before Hofshulz began with Clinical Pain Consultants in late 2014, she had launched another Wauwatosa Pain Clinic The Journal Sentinel, which was uncovered in April, also under federal administration investigation
Hofschulz joined Justin Hanson, a roofer without any medical education, to open the 2013 Wauwatosa Pain Management Clinic.
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Former employees told agents that Hanson put strong pressure on prescribing the painkillers, even for patients whose urine screens showed that they did not take them or had their last allotment before they should, whom n they had used them as prescribed.
Less than two years after the founding, Hanson bought Hofschulz, sold its stake in NuMale Medical, and renamed the Universal Pain Center at 6001 W. North Ave.
Former employees of the Universal Pain Center stated that patients usually pay $ 300 for a first visit and then $ 200 for follow-up when they get a prescription.
The researchers believe that patients willingly paid more for other providers, "because they reliably and consistently receive opioids for which there is no legitimate medical purpose."
So far nobody has been charged in the Universal Pain investigation except Hofschulz. Hanson's lawyer did not return a telephone message.
A separate indictment was filed by Kameka Simpson, 43, Eric Jasper, 33, and Brittany Washington, 27, from all over Milwaukee, with the acquisition of Oxycodone, a controlled substance from Schedule II (19659006) further accused of illegally owning and using a licensed prescription physician who worked at the same West Allis Pain Management Clinic as some of the defendants.
Any number of prescription fraud will be punished with a maximum of four years imprisonment, while a conviction for serious identity theft would result in a mandatory minimum of two years. Each sentence includes a fine of up to $ 250,000, up to a year of oversight, and a special rating of $ 100.
The lawsuits announced Friday morning by US lawyer Matt Krueger and others in Milwaukee were part of what US Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the biggest fraud fight in history.
Filed this week in 58 federal districts with 162 defendants – including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, and 19 nurses – in bills that delivered over $ 2 billion of fraudulent bills to Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare while feeding addictions from desperate users across the country ,
"In many cases, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists use people who suffer from drug addiction to fill their bags," Sessions told a news conference on Thursday in Washington, DC
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