Louisiana Spine & Sports physician sentenced to 37 months in prison for Medicare fraud, to pay $254,962

Written by Laura Dyrda | May 20, 2019 | Print  | Email

A Louisiana-based pain physician who pleaded guilty to committing Medicare fraud was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution.

Three things to know:

1. John Eastham Clark, MD, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $254,962.80 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud Medicare.

2. Dr. Clark also was sentenced to serve two years of supervised release, after his prison sentence is complete.

3. Dr. Clark was co-owner of Louisiana Spine & Sports in Baton Rouge, and from June 2005 to March 2015 he admitted to working with his billing supervisor to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare. The pair coded procedures as though they took place on a separate day from the patient's office visit, when in fact the procedures took place the same day.

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