Hospitals and Clinics

Five charged in alleged spinal surgery kickback scheme

Five people, including two surgeons and a former Long Beach hospital executive, have been charged in a series of kickback schemes in which thousands of patients were illegally referred for spinal surgeries, federal officials announced Tuesday.

The long-running schemes involved tens of millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks to dozens of doctors, chiropractors and other medical professionals, the U.S. attorney's office said.

As a result of the alleged kickbacks, more than 4,400 patients were referred to the now-defunct Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, where they underwent spinal surgeries that generated more than $580 million in claims fraudulently submitted from 2005-13,...