Warning – Phone Scam Alert

Rheumatology Associates of Long Island reports that a phone scam targeting physician offices is active – and alarming. The New York Division of Drug Enforcement Agency is aware of the phone calls and warns doctors and administrators to be vigilant for these scams.
RALI was called this week by an individual posing as a DEA Agent – leaving an 800-number and badge number, claiming a RALI physician violated opiate prescribing laws and that the physician’s NPI and DEA numbers were being suspended. The individual on the phone was authoritative and used appropriate language and terms to convey authenticity. The caller insisted on talking with the physician directly.
RALI called the NY DEA office. They reported doctors are the target of an ongoing scam to get payments for alleged prescribing violations.
United Rheumatology is unsure if similar phone calls and scams are underway in other areas, but wants to warn all administrators and physicians to be aware of the scam and if contacted, notify their local DEA field office.

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