A Massachusetts physician who in 2009 wrote an online article for Addiction Professional on blending Western and Eastern approaches in addiction treatment has been arraigned on Medicaid fraud charges, and several of his outpatient practices have closed.
The Boston Globe reported last week that Punyamurtula Kishore, MD, MPH, is accused of bilking nearly $600,000 from the MassHealth program by paying a recovery home operator to send drug tests to Kishore’s nonprofit agency, called the National Library of Addictions. Kishore’s chain of family practices, Preventive Medicine Associates, has had more than 30 offices statewide and has treated addictions with a “sobriety maintenance” model that combines medications with work on patient coping skills.
The Globe reported Sept. 22 that Kishore pleaded not guilty to the kickback charge in District Court and was ordered held on bail pending a pretrial hearing next month. The native of India was arrested Sept. 20 after officials expressed concerns that he might attempt to leave the country; prosecutors have indicated that additional charges involving perhaps millions of dollars might be filed.
A January 2010 blog posting in this space stated that Kishore had seen his practice transformed as a result of the availability of the injectable formulation of the medication naltrexone. He said at the time that several addiction treatment programs in Massachusetts had begun to refer patients to his clinics for medication treatment.