Physician Assistant Convicted of Amniotic Fluid Scam

Joint Injection

Physician assistant Ray Anthony Shoulders, who injected amniotic fluid into patients’ joints in a dubious attempt at pain management, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and 12 counts of health care fraud. According to evidence presented at trial, Shoulders and his conspirators submitted $788,000 in fraudulent claims for injecting amniotic fluid – the liquid that surrounds a growing fetus during gestation – into patients’ connective tissue in an off-label attempt to relieve joint pain. Certain amniotic products have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for wound care but not for pain management. Read a story on Yahoo and a Department of Justice press release.

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