Health Care Fraud: Florida fights back in the battle against prescription-drug abuse

Criminal Defense and Health Care Fraud Attorney Robert Malove is referenced in this October 16th article that appeared in the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal. Below is an excerpt from that article. Read more below.
Kentucky addicts who travel to Florida for easy access to prescription painkillers are facing new roadblocks — laws targeting rogue pain clinics, a prescription-drug monitoring system and tougher police enforcement.
And while ending Florida’s reign as the unofficial pain-pill capital of America is an uphill fight that is far from won, there are signs of progress. Registered pain clinics in Florida have dropped from 930 last year to 736 now as the state begins to crack down.
A new state law that took effect in July strengthens penalties for doctors who over-prescribe painkillers, tightens rules for prescriptions and pain-treatment regimens, and shortens the time dispensers have to log the sale of prescription drugs into an electronic monitoring system that began operating Sept. 1. The law also gives police more ammunition as they pursue pain clinics and doctors that prescribe to addicts and dealers.

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ROBERT DAVID MALOVE is Board Certified as a specialist in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization. Mr. Malove is distinguished trial lawyer with about 30 years of experience in federal and state courts. He concentrates on legal issues relating to the white-collar crime defense and healthcare fraud defense for which his Health Care Fraud Blog has received widespread recognition. Mr. Malove is a co-author of the noted treatise, WHITE COLLAR CRIME: HEALTH CARE FRAUD (West) (2010-2011 ed.) Buy it now or Download the Summary.
In 2007, Mr. Malove completed post-graduate studies in Healthcare Corporate Compliance at George Washington University and furthered his comprehensive knowledge in the various state and federal laws regarding healthcare fraud and corporate compliance. Also, in 2007, Mr. Malove attended the Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Academy has successfully completed the Certified in Healthcare Compliance Examination, thus earning the CHC designation which was renewed through 2011.
Prior to serving as an Assistant Public Defender in cases ranging from murder, fraud, to DUI, he graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Pepperdine University School of Law. Consistent with staying on the cutting edge of developments in criminal defense, one of Mr. Malove’s signature trademarks, he earned a Masters Degree in Forensic Science, from the George Washington University in 1981, long before forensic science became part of our everyday lexicon. Before that, Mr. Malove was conferred a BS in the Administration of Justice from The American University School of Justice. He has served as a guest commentator on COURT-TV and maintains membership in the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of pill mill defense and represents the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Pain Management, and Florida Society of Neurology and has filed an amicus curiae brief in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Florida statutes regulating the operation of pain clinics, i.e., pill mills. If you, or someone you know is facing prosecution as a result of aggressive law enforcement activity targeting Medicare fraud, health care fraud, pill mills or doctor shopping, make sure you hire attorney Robert Malove, an expert criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the issues. Mr. Malove is rated AV by Martindale-Hubble® as a pre-eminent lawyer, and has been named in the Florida Directory of Super Lawyers. Robert Malove practices law in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida and in federal courts throughout the United States.