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Ohio Spine Surgeon Charged With Medicare Fraud

Dr. Durrani allegedly billed $11 million for unnecessary surgeries.

Published: August 2, 2013

Atiq Durrani, MD, billed Medicare for $11 million worth of anterior lumbar fusion surgeries between February 2010 and January 2013. According to federal prosecutors, however, those cases were medically unnecessary for his patients. They've charged him with healthcare fraud and making false statements following his arrest last week.

Dr. Durrani, 44, of Mason, Ohio, practices at the Center for Advanced Spine Technologies in Evendale and Florence, Ky. According to published reports, he has been named as a defendant in 150 medical malpractice cases filed by former back and neck pain patients, and no longer has privileges at the 4 Cincinnati-area hospitals at which he performed surgery.

A preliminary hearing at which Dr. Durrani is expected to enter a plea has been scheduled for Aug. 19. Healthcare fraud carries a potential penalty of 20 years' imprisonment, and false statements 5 years.

Dr. Durrani's attorney and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

David Bernard

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