This week three doctors’ offices in San Antonio, Texas were raided. Only one of the doctors came public. The other two are still unknown. I will keep his name confidential at this point, but I have reservations as to the real intent behind the raids.
According to this doctor, the purpose of the raid was not against him, but simply the gathering of evidence against some compounding companies who provided services to his patients. The doctor says the DEA and FBI’s joint investigation regarding allegations of over billing and prescription fraud have nothing to do with him personally or anyone at his practice.
“There were no allegations against me, I specifically asked them, do you have any charges against me and they said no.” “I go by the medical practice act almost by the book, because I don’t want to lose my license I have worked too hard for it,” “They’re not investigating what we’ve done with them. They’re investigating the companies.” “I wasn’t committing any fraud,” he added. “We didn’t do anything wrong.”
The first thing to understand is that government agents lie. And they have the laws behind them to do that without the worry of being punished. Doc, don’t trust a word out of their mouth.
The DEA would not go into any details as to what they are looking into, but simply confirmed a search warrant was issued and supposedly 80 patient files were taken.
Doctor, get your head out of the sand. From reading between the lines and knowing how they operate, I believe you are a target. You don’t have to have done anything wrong now to be attacked by the government. I’m the perfect example of that. Here are my reasons for thinking that this doctor and the other unidentified doctors are targets:
- The doctor fits the profile:
- Older, therefore possibly has assets to forfeit
- Takes care of the expendable population. Sees veterans and possibly chronic pain patients if there is need of compounded creams for treatment.
- Compounded creams have to have a prescription, which he probably wrote. They usually contain a controlled substance which is where the DEA comes in.
- Fraud charges are an easy way to attack a physician and get into the office to snoop for other evidence they could turn against the physician, like pre-signed scripts, etc., since the doctor oversaw PAs in his practice.
- Independent physician, not owned by a hospital or the medical school located in San Antonio. I am familiar with San Antonio since I lived there for 20 years as a military spouse and graduated from the medical school there, UTHSCSA.
- Minority—of Hispanic background
The government doesn’t have to raid the office to get records. All they have to do is subpoena them. The raid was specifically to get information on these doctors to use against them. And HIPAA is not involved when the insurance company (here the government) needs records on their patients. The contract between doctor and insurance company gives the insurance company the right to any patient records. Doctor, check the records they confiscated. I’ll bet some of them are not applicable to the reasons stated—no use of compounded creams, and not even government insured, but were prescribed opioids. And watch out—you have been targeted.
So the government uses false pretenses to enter three doctors’ offices, scaring them and their patients. This is a violation of the Fourth Amendment which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. The Fourth Amendment requires governmental searches and seizures to be conducted only upon issuance of a warrant, judicially sanctioned by probable cause. We have to stop this abuse by government agencies.