Medical Fraud Is Serious Business: Doctor Agrees to Pay $2.85 Million Restitution for Ordering Unnecessary Tests

  • Washington AG Bob Ferguson, together with the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), reached a settlement with a defunct network of pain clinics, Seattle Pain Center, medical lab Northwest Analytics, and their owner Dr. Frank Danger Li (collectively “Dr. Li”) to resolve allegations that Dr. Li improperly billed Medicaid for unnecessary urine tests.
  • According to the AG’s office, Dr. Li routinely and excessively ordered unnecessary urine drug tests and encouraged Seattle Pain Center providers to order drug tests during every patient visit. The urine samples were sent to Northwest Analytics, which was not licensed or accredited to perform urine drug tests for part of the period under investigation.
  • Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Dr. Li will pay $2.85 million in restitution, including $1.59 million to Medicare, and $1.1 million to Medicaid (of which approximately $680,000 will go to the State of Washington).