Louisiana Spine & Sports physician co-owner pleads guilty to $336K kickbacks from urine tests

Baton Rouge-based Louisiana Spine & Sports co-owner Gray Wesley Barrow, MD, pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to involvement in an illegal healthcare kickback scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

Here's what you should know:

1. Dr. Barrow pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks while practicing at Louisiana Spine & Sports, a pain management clinic.

2. As part of his plea deal, Dr. Barrow admitted he sent his patients' urine specimens to a drug testing lab in exchange for a cut of the lab's reimbursements from Medicare and other benefit programs. He reportedly received about $336,000 in illegal payments from April 2014 through July 2016.

3. His sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2019.

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