Tennessee pain clinics shut down after owner accused of fraud — 5 insights

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Advanced Spine and Pain and Coffey Family Medical closed in August, after the government made fraud allegations against the clinics' owner, The Tennessean reports.

What you should know:

1. Easley, S.C.-based Oaktree Medical Center manages the Crossville and Oneida, Tenn.-based clinics. The government accused Oaktree and its owner, Daniel McCollum, of defrauding taxpayers by forcing unnecessary injections, drug tests and opioid prescriptions on patients.

2. Since the clinics shut down, patients have been unable to get their medical records, and former employees have not been paid.

3. Oaktree closed the two Tennessee clinics the same week it closed at least 10 clinics in North and South Carolina.

4. Mr. McCollum is also accused of using illegal kickbacks to incentivize providers to overprescribe opioids and order unnecessary medical tests.

5. A lawyer for Oaktree has denied all wrongdoing in the case.

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