Massachusetts and Indiana AGs Sue Opioid-Treatment Centers for Alleged Medicaid Fraud

  • Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, Indiana AG Curtis Hill, and the U.S. DOJ sued national addiction treatment center chain CleanSlate Centers, Inc. and related companies and a related individual (collectively “CleanSlate”) over allegations that CleanSlate improperly billed the state’s Medicaid program for millions of dollars in unnecessary urine drug tests and used its own laboratory for performing the tests in violation of the Massachusetts False Claims Act and state and federal laws against self-referral.
  • The complaint, which arose from a whistleblower case, alleges that CleanSlate, which operated office-based opioid-addiction programs, required its patients to submit a variety of urine drug tests, some of which were duplicative or not medically necessary, and that CleanSlate required its clinicians to send tests to its own laboratory. In addition, the complaint alleges that clinicians illegally backdated prescriptions.
  • The complaint seeks treble damages, civil penalties, and attorneys’ fees and costs.