In a false claims suit filed against Dr.
In a 71-page complaint filed in
"Since at least 2012, (Burkich an his colleagues) have knowingly presented claims to
Chelatin therapy is performed by administering the drug EDTA that binds to metallic particles or ions in the body and causes them to be excreted with urine. The EDTA drug is FDA-approved only for treating lead poisoning, but the lawsuit claims "the vast majority of practitioners who administer intravenous chelation in their offices are using it to purportedly treat cardiovascular disease, which Medicare will not pay. To get payment for the services, "chelationists "must use creative coding that attempts to disguise what they do," the suit claims.
Public health officials reported that in 2012 and 2013 there were no reported blood tests showing lead poisoning among patients 65 and older in the counties served by
The complaints were filed after an investigation by the Inspector General of Investigations in the region, Thomas W. South.
"We will not allow greed to impede beneficiaries' access to necessary, quality health services,"
No one returned calls Tuesday from the
The false claims lawsuit against Burkich is not the first time the medical doctor has been in trouble with the law. In 2001, a Grand Jury in
He had to perform 150 hours of community service and pay a
Burkich lost his
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