WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu March 21, 2013
Hardin County Clinic Owner Facing Multiple Federal Charges
The owner of a women’s clinic in Elizabethtown is facing health care fraud and other federal charges. A grand jury this week indicted 45-year-old Canh Jeff Vo. As the owner of Bluegrass Women’s Healthcare, Vo offered gynecological and obstetric services, including birth control.
According to the federal indictment, the physician purchased and inserted into patients foreign, non-FDA approved Mirenas.
The interuterine devices were misbranded because the labeling was not in the English language and did not bear adequate directions for use. Vo allegedly submitted false claims to Kentucky’s Medicaid program and other insurers as if he were using the FDA-approved version of Mirena, at a greater cost, when he was actually using IUDs not approved for sale in the U.S. He supposedly imported the birth control devices from Canada and other countries.
If convicted at trial, Vo faces life in prison.