West Michigan Pain: Doc charged in opioid scheme on leave

Kent County

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the doctors charged in that huge opioid fraud scheme was practicing in Kentwood as recently as last week.  

Late Friday afternoon, Target 8 confirmed Dr. Ronald Kufner had been seeing patients at West Michigan Pain, a clinic at 4024 Park East Court SE, off East Paris Avenue. 

A clinic representative said they were shocked to learn about the charges against their colleague through media reports last week.

>>PDF: Federal lawsuit against 6 doctors

Kufner, 68, is one of six doctors charged federally with hooking patients on opioids, forcing them to undergo procedures they didn’t need, and fraudulently billing insurers nearly $500 million.

West Michigan Pain said Kufner started there a year ago and came directly from one of the Detroit area clinics accused of wrongdoing.      

West Michigan Pain said it investigated and found no evidence Kufner did anything wrong at its clinic.

West Michigan Pain said it immediately placed Kufner on administrative leave as soon as it learned of the charges.

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