A person wearing a back brace and using a walker, as if their spine is injured. According to State Farm, the providers followed a troubling pattern of prescribing the same course of treatment for patients who gave similar responses to questions or tests after an auto accident. (Credit: sasirin pamai/Shutterstock.com)

Insurance giant State Farm has filed suit against 12 medical providers across New Jersey for unjust enrichment and violations of the state’s Insurance Fraud Prevention Act. The 80-page complaint, filed in federal district court for the District of New Jersey, alleges that, for the past eight years, the defendants participated in an auto insurance fraud scheme abusing personal injury protection (PIP) benefits available in New Jersey. According to the complaint, State Farm named several individuals and businesses as defendants, including Tri-County Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, Robert Matturro, D.C., and Advanced Spine and Pain Management. 

According to State Farm, the providers followed a troubling pattern of prescribing the same course of treatment for patients who gave similar responses to questions or tests after an auto accident. The doctors allegedly failed to perform an honest evaluation of injuries suffered by patients in auto accidents and recommended nearly identical treatments without regard for a patient’s particular circumstances. For example, a patient with a neck injury would receive hot and cold packs, chiropractic adjustments, physical medicine, massages, manual therapy, and even mechanical traction in a single visit, only to do the same thing over again in most subsequent visits. The doctors also took advantage of the availability of PIP benefits by referring patients for services that were either never performed or not medically necessary. 

 

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