First Conviction under EKRA

On January 10, 2020, a substance abuse treatment clinic manager in Jackson, Kentucky pleaded guilty to violating the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act (“EKRA”) by soliciting kickbacks from a toxicology laboratory in exchange for urine drug testing referrals. The kickback involved the substance abuse treatment clinic manager receiving a $4,000 check from the laboratory, as well as the promise of additional inducements.

This conviction is believed to be the first enforcement action under EKRA.

The DOJ’s press release relating to this conviction is available at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edky/pr/jackson-woman-pleads-guilty-soliciting-kickbacks-making-false-statements-law.

Benkoff Health Law advises health care providers and suppliers with respect to EKRA. If you have any questions regarding EKRA, please contact Benkoff Health Law at (248) 482-2780 or via email at [email protected].