Complete Wellness Centers, a Washington-based physician practice management company, announced that federal agents raided its offices last month seeking patient billing and insurance records.
Agents under the supervision of the U.S. attorney's office for the eastern district of Virginia executed search warrants at the company's headquarters and several of its other locations on Nov. 18, the company said.
Warrants and subpoenas primarily covered billing records and computer systems related to various insurers including Medicare, Medicaid, the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia. The documents did not state the purpose of the investigation, the company said.
In a statement, the company said its management was unaware of any billing improprieties.
"We are surprised by the actions of the government inasmuch as the company does very little business with the various federal health benefit programs mentioned in the warrants and does very little billing for its affiliated clinics," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer C. Thomas McMillen.
The company manages or has contracts to manage 135 wellness centers in 21 states. It develops and runs multidisciplinary medical clinics that have physicians, physical therapists and alternative providers such as chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists.