Chiropractor pleads guilty to Medicare fraud

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former owner of a Kansas City chiropractic clinic has admitted fraudulently billing Medicare for nearly $3 million worth of nerve-blocking injections.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 59-year-old chiropractor Michael Kelly Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kansas City to one count of health care fraud. Prosecutors said Miller now lives in Temple Terrace, Fla., and operates a clinic there.

Miller admitted billing Medicare for the injections between February 2009 and December 2011 and receiving nearly $880,000 in reimbursements. The injections were intended to treat the pain of neuropathy, even though Medicare had no guidelines at the time on whether the therapy was medically appropriate.

Miller’s plea agreement calls for restitution of at least the $880,000 he received from Medicare, plus 15 to 21 months in federal prison.

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