Medina chiropractor sentenced to 30 months in prison

2:31 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A Medina chiropractor was sentenced to 30 months in prison for overbilling Medicare and insurance companies more than $1.8 million for medical equipment and treatment that were not medically necessary, said U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach.

Dr. John N. Heary, 39, previously pleaded guilty to seven counts of health care fraud.

Heary did business under his name and two corporate entities. HealthSource of Medina was the operating name of Heary's chiropractic practice until October 2009.

Medina Health & Wellness Center, Inc. was the corporate name under which Heary sold durable medical equipment, according to court documents.

Both entities were located at 433 West Liberty Street, Medina, Ohio, 44256, according to court documents.

Heary provided custom-molded ankle-foot orthotics, or "boots," to patients who did not need them and wrote false diagnoses to justify the billing.

He billed Medicare and insurance anywhere from $2,770 to $4,300 for each pair of boots, according to court documents. He also routinely provided the most expensive back braces without any demonstration of medical necessity or any pursuit of a less costly alternative.

He billed Medicare and insurance anywhere from $995 to $1,250 for each back brace, according to court documents.

Heary submitted more than $1.8 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medical Mutual of Ohio and the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation, according to court documents.

The insurance programs reimbursed Heary for more than $812,000. He will repay that amount in restitution, according to court documents.

"This doctor took advantage of programs designed to provide care and support for the old and the sick," Dettelbach said. "Our office and the Justice Departmen

If you suspect health care fraud, waste or abuse, please report it by calling HHS Office of Inspector General at 800-447-8477, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at 800-633-4227, or the FBI Cleveland Field Office at (216) 522-1400.

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