U.S. Attorneys Office is investigating a Brentwood healthcare company


U.S. Attorneys Office is investigating a Brentwood healthcare company

By MATT BLOIS

The U.S. Attorneys Office is investigating a Brentwood healthcare company, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court on Monday.

According to a court transcript, lawyers from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the office’s civil division is investigating Comprehensive Pain Solutions, but didn’t specify exactly why.

The former CEO of Comprehensive Pain Solutions, John Davis, was indicted in April for his role in a fraud case. He was accused of taking at least $770,000 in kickbacks from the owner of a company that sold medical supplies. He pleaded not guilty in April.

In the indictment, prosecutors accuse the owner of the medical supplies company, Brenda Montgomery, unlawfully billed the Medicare program $4.6 million and received $2.6 million for those claims.

During an August 15 hearing for Davis’ case, lawyers for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the criminal trial of Davis stemmed from a civil investigation into Comprehensive Pain Solution’s “transactions and other business.”

According to a court document, Comprehensive Pain Solutions operated as many as 60 pain management clinics in 12 states across the Southeast. It employed about 250 healthcare providers.

In the transcript, Tony Burba, one of the lawyers prosecuting Davis, said staff working on the civil investigation of Comprehensive Pain Solutions had shared some information that was related to the criminal trial.

Prosecutors called the civil investigation into the company a “parallel investigation” separate from the prosecution of Davis’ crimes.

Kimberly Hodde, a lawyer representing Davis in the criminal trial, said the information Comprehensive Pain Solutions shared with the U.S. Attorneys Office during the civil investigation might not be a complete picture for the criminal case.

According to the transcript, she said lawyers for the company would have filtered the information to remove anything protected by attorney-client privilege. As a lawyer representing Davis alone, she said she would likely have a different perspective on that information. 

According to reporting by the Tennessean, Comprehensive Pain Solutions closed at least 27 of the 40 clinics that it operated in Tennessee this summer.

In 2017, Kaiser Health News investigated Comprehensive Pain Solutions, and found that the company billed Medicare more than $11 million in 2014 for urine tests.

During the hearing on August 15, Judge William Campbell set a trial date for Davis on March 26, 2019.

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