Lawsuits accuse medical companies of exploiting diabetic and kidney patients

4:01 pm Feb. 23, 2017

Medical companies schemed to take advantage of patients’ chronic illnesses to pump up profits, according to two unrelated lawsuits filed on behalf of Georgians.

One suit, filed by a retirement fund for Georgia law enforcement officers, accuses DaVita of targeting low-income and elderly kidney dialysis patients in a strategy to boost stock prices.

It worked like this, the suit says: DaVita steered Medicare and Medicaid patients to private insurance by telling them

Sandy Springs podiatrist accused of drug-dealing still licensed by Georgia

7:00 am Jan. 31, 2017

Dr. Arnita Avery-Kelly has an active license to practice podiatry in Georgia, even though she is facing federal criminal charges that she handed out addictive opioids to patients who didn’t need them.

Medical doctors are often forced to stop practicing – at least temporarily – if they are facing serious criminal charges that involve patients.

But the Georgia State Board of Podiatry Examiners still lists Avery-Kelly’s license as active – with