Update: Doctor Must Pay $27 Million for False Claims
In an update to a June 23, 2023, story, a federal district judge has ordered Charles Adams, M.D., and his medical practice to pay more than $27 million for violating the False Claims Act (FCA). Read a Department of Justice press release.
A federal jury found alternative medicine physician Charles C. Adams, M.D., and his practice group, Charles C. Adams, M.D., P.C., doing business as Full Circle Medical Center, liable for violating the False Claims Act by submitting false diagnoses to Medicare for chelation therapy reimbursements. Chelation therapy involves the use of drugs to remove heavy metals from the body. As a part of his internal medicine specialty, Adams used edetate calcium disodium (EDTA) to address a wide range of conditions, but Medicare did not cover the use of EDTA for these nonindicated symptoms. To receive payment for the procedures, Adams falsely claimed to Medicare that his patients suffered from heavy metal poisoning. Read a story from The Georgia Sun and a Department of Justice press release.