LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

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LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby onblast on Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:09 pm

Landmark Medical Managment which represents compound medication providers including; Rx Funding, Pharma Finance, Physicians Funding , Med-Rx, and Healthcare Finance was Raided on October 8, 2013 .

The office was flooded with over 70 officers and the OC District Attorneys Office. Employees were held for over 2 hours and questioned and interrograted individually. The questions were regarding the companies billing practices and the National Drug Codes used on the bills.

Officers endered just after 9am with a search warrant for the premisis. Kareem Ahmed was not present durring the raid. The computer servers and back up servers were seized.

There is also word that Dr. Capen and Dr. Anguizola's office were raided last week , looks like we may get rid of these compound medications after all!!!

:o :o :o :o :o
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby onblast on Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:46 pm

Check out this article on TPM: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/ ... feedburner


California Officials Raid Offices Of Obama Mega Donor


The Orange County, Calif. District Attorney's Office this week raided the offices of Landmark Medical Management, whose president and CEO, Kareem Ahmed, was one of the largest individual financial backers of President Obama's 2012 re-election effort.


Officials with the district attorney's office on Tuesday morning executed a search warrant at Landmark's office in Ontario, Calif., according to a source who works at Landmark and was present during the raid. The exact nature of the district attorney's investigation is unclear.

"After they gathered everybody in the main area of the building, yeah, there was just an announcement that they had a search warrant, we weren't to touch anything work related, we weren't to touch any type of phones, we weren't allowed to leave the area until we were identified and questioned," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told TPM.

According to the source, Ahmed was not present at Landmark's office during the raid.

Landmark's human resources manager, Ladonna Hieber, told TPM on Thursday that the company had "no comment on anything," but that she was aware that this reporter was attempting to contact Landmark employees.

"My employees aren't supposed to speak to you," Hieber said.

The district attorney's office also declined to comment on the raid.

"I'm not going to confirm or deny it," Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff to the Orange County district attorney, told TPM on Thursday.

Ahmed had practically no history of political giving, and Landmark had little public profile, before he began giving large amounts of money to Obama, Democrats, and Democratic outside spending groups in 2012. Ahmed and his wife contributed well over a million dollars to Democratic efforts in 2012 -- with the bulk of the money going to Priorities USA Action, the most prominent Obama-supporting super PAC.

But while Ahmed was and remains mostly unknown to the wider public, a TPM investigation last year found that both Ahmed and Landmark were familiar to people involved in California's workers' compensation system. People who know the industry and officials in the state told TPM that Landmark was one of several companies that had made millions of dollars in recent years by navigating a tricky corner of the state's workers' compensation system. Ahmed was an advocate of "compound drugs" -- drugs whose ingredients have been combined, mixed, or altered by a pharmacist -- and Landmark made money by buying accounts receivable from medical providers who prescribed compounded topical pain creams. In California, drug compounding was known as a physician profit center in the workers' compensation system, and state lawmakers made a push in 2011 to remove some of the financial incentives associated with compound drugs in the system.

As a major donor in 2012, Ahmed rubbed shoulders with some of the most powerful people in the country -- a fact he was proud to advertise.

"I hang out with governors, U.S. senators, Nancy Pelosi is a personal friend," Ahmed told TPM in an interview last year.

After TPM contacted Ahmed last year, Bill Burton, the then co-head of Priorities USA Action, bristled at the attempt to learn more about Ahmed and his business.

"Not every person who is interested in investing in the direction of the country is looking to make themselves famous by doing it," Burton told TPM at the time.

Ahmed wound up ranked 56th on The Center for Responsive Politics' list of top disclosed individual donors to outside spending groups in the 2012 cycle, and he has continued to make political contributions into 2013. According to the Center, Ahmed has given over $30,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this year, and has cut checks for Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), among others.

Neither Ahmed nor his attorney, Richard Brickman, returned a request for comment from TPM.
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby LienExaminer on Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:08 am

Compound Medications are a big money making scheme.
The doctors have candy bowls of them in their offices and hand them out like suckers. But it's the ICs that have been the suckers.

A few years back when all this started the examiners would get the bills and they did not even know what the bills were for, but if they were prescribed by the PTP them they'd stamp Ok to Pay and along they went to bill review. Bill review did not recognize this new scheme at first either, so they went along and paid. Everyone trying to be timely, meet their quotas, etc. So these companies keep making money so they keep doing it. Some Drs. opening their own companies to distribute these medications as they realized the money making potential. (Capen = nepac)

They give them their 3 day supply and then they start shipping them to their house every month. The Drs never bothered to request authorization.
The applicants say they don't work and they don't even use them. Then along come these third parties collecting on them. It's never quite clear what pharmacy actual made them or why they were prescribed in the first place. They bill hundreds of times in excess of the fee schedule. And unfortunately, some ICs pay them or some percentage to get rid of them. Even 10% can be more than the actual fee schedule.

Compound medications are supposed to be made individually for one patient. Specific to that patient. And only after other standard traditional medications have been given and the patient has had no relief or for some other medical reason could not take or tolerate orals. Or perhaps when the side effects of orals are too severe. When does anyone see that the prescribing Dr every mention any trial of other medications and the the applicant was intolerant in their reporting?

The collectors are persistent and aggressive. They do not listen to valid arguments such as: self-procured; not authorized: not in accordance with the MTUs; prescribed by a non-MPN Dr.; not incorporated in the Dr's reporting; and LC 5402 (c) - dates of service after the denial on a claim denied AOE/COE and the PQME found no injury. They collectors either do not understand the legal defenses or just don't want to hear it and just want to collect something.
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby rjhertzog on Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:38 am

Anyone know what happended to this. I haven't heard much lately.
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby rjhertzog on Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:19 pm

I guess we know now:

Here are the indictments from yesterday. We have:

1. Kareem Ahmed the owner of Landmark:
11 Counts filed - including one count of involuntary manslaughter
Released on $900,000 bail

2. Bruce Curnick - disbarred attorney who set up contracts for Landmark
1 Count filed
Released on $100,000 bail

3. Dr. Curtis Hague - Pharmacists of Cut's Phamracy
5 Counts filed
Appears to still be in custody

4. Dr. Andrew Jarminski
10 Counts filed - including one count of involuntary manslaughter
Appears to still be in custody

5. Dr. Michael Rudolph
8 Counts filed - incluiding one count of involuntary manslaughter
Released on $500,000 bail

6. Dr. Randy Rosen
9 Counts filed
Released on $300,000 bail

7. Dr. Rayhil Khan
9 Counts filed
Released on $600,000 bail

8. Dr. Robert Julian Villapania
9 Counts filed
Released on $500,000 bail

10. Dr. Michael Barri
9 Counts filed
Released on $400,000 bail

11. Dr. Evette Ann Charbonnet
34 Counts filed
Released on $500,000 bail

12. Dr. Eduardo Anguizola
9 Counts filed
Appears to still be in custody

13. Dr. David Evans
9 Counts filed
Appears to still be in custody

14. Dr. Daniel Capen
9 Counts filed
Released on $1 million bail

15. Dr. Arsalan Pourteymour
7 Counts filed
Released on $250,000 bail

Arraignment Hearing is set for on August 8, 2014 in Orange County.
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby LienExaminer on Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:17 pm

It was just a matter of time.
I have the indictment, but it's too large to post here.
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby injured7825 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:32 pm

Crap! I've been to 4 of these doctors, one I still see. :o
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby onblast on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:36 am

Ya that actually took longer than I thought. Does anyone have any valid legal arguments to not pay these things while the trial plays out or will we have to keep paying for this fraudulent non sense until a conviction?
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby LawAdvocate on Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:52 pm

It should be noteda few individuals were incorrectly identified as physicians.

Curtis Hague is not a doctor, he is a pharmacist.
Evette Ann Charbonnet is a marketer, she is not a doctor either.
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Re: LANDMARK MEDICAL MANAGMENT RAIDED 10/8/2013 (California) (Ca

Postby MTom_09 on Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:20 am

Are there any updates on these indictments and whether they should have any effect on IC's obligation or non obligations to pay or not pay these? A small ripple effect from compound meds still floats along the surface of workers comp.
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