Attorney General files suit against TN pain management group


Tennessee's Attorney General has filed suit in Williamson County against a network of pain management clinics, including two located in the Tri Cities, that he claims bilked TennCare of millions of dollars.

MMi Pain Clinics and business partners Dr. Lisabeth Williams and Michael Kestner are named in the $7 million lawsuit that accuses the group of fraud by treating patients with unnecessary treatments while subverting TennCare's coding system for certain pain injections.

Attorney General Herb Slatery also said in the report that MMi providers were rewarded workers with financial bonuses for administering the procedures. They also threatened termination of their jobs if they refused to perform the injections as ordered.

MMi operates The Pain Center of Kingsport and Pain Solutions of Greeneville, according to court information.

"These clinics put profits over patients. Even more disturbing than the millions of dollars in fraudulent claims to the State is their lack of compassion for those coming to them for treatment," Slatery said.