FBI raids two Harbor Healthcare facilities in Beaumont
There is an ongoing federal investigation at the Harbor Healthcare System in Beaumont, 6 News has confirmed through representatives at the U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI.
The hospital is located at 3406 College Street. Federal agents also searched the Harbor Hospice on Major Drive.
These are the offices of Dr. Qamar Arfeen, a pulmonologist who is part of the diagnostic group with privileges at Baptist and Christus hospitals.
"FBI personnel are among those conducting lawful law enforcement activity in the area," FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap tells 6 News. "We can't specify any particular locations."
Davilyn Waltson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas, would only say "there's an ongoing federal investigation and federal activities taking place are related to that."
Dr. Arfeen also has an office in Nederland on Highway 365 and he co-owns The Grill on Calder Avenue in Beaumont.
The Diagnostic Group Lifecare Clinic in Nederland was also closed Thursday.
Federal agents were also seen taking boxes of documents from a hospice in Lake Charles Thursday, according to KPLC.
Harbor Hospice on Lake Street is part of a group that has facilities in five states and four in Louisiana - Lake Charles, Oakdale, Lafayette and Alexandria, KPLC reported.
Cory Crenshaw, an attorney for the Harbor Healthcare System, released a statement Thursday afternoon on Dr. Arfeen's behalf, indicating the company would fully cooperate with the investigation.
Here's the statement from Crenshaw in its entirety:
Earlier today, government personnel appeared at several of our facilities and obtained various records, while making it clear they were not there to interrupt our care for patients. We fully cooperated with the government's requests and are committed to continuing to do so. Likewise, and as we have done since our opening over a decade ago, our employees will remain dedicated to providing the highest quality care and comfort to our terminally ill patients and their family members. We are optimistic this matter will be resolved quickly and we have retained counsel to assist in this inquiry.
Dr. Arfeen is one of four doctors at Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth and one of six at Baptist Hospital who specialize in pulmonary disease such as asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, complicated chest infections and emphysema.
He has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Harbor Hospital of Southeast Texas is described on its website as "a modern, patient focused facility that delivers the latest in acute care and comprehensive therapies for patients requiring extended hospital stays.
"Harbor Hospital provides diagnostic and medical treatment or rehabilition to patients with chronic diseases or complex medical conditions whose average length of stay meets or exceeds 25 days."
The nature of this investigation is still unclear.
6 News observed agents from both the FBI and the Office of Inspector General at the scenes.
The OIG investigates waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid and more than 100 other programs. The OIG's stated mission on its website "is to protect the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries."
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