Thursday, February 23, 2012

Louisiana dentist convicted of Medicaid fraud


It’s not been a good month for dentists committing Medicaid fraud, at least not according to the Shreveport Times:

Shreveport dentist David Earl Reed faces prison and fines after a conviction on two counts of Medicaid fraud.

Reed, 56, was barred from participating in the Medicaid program after a fraud conviction in 1992.

He continued applying to participate in the program from 2006 to 2008 and was denied. In 2009, state health officials told him he would be barred from the program for at least five more years.

However, from 2005 to 2007, Reed treated Medicaid patients while working for another Shreveport dentist. Reed submitted false billing claims to the program under the other dentist's provider number and received payment from Medicaid.

Health providers excluded from the program can't provide any services that will be billed directly or indirectly to Medicaid. It's a crime to be employed by, have a contract with or have an ownership interest in a healthcare provider that bills Medicaid, said Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Reed will be sentenced April 27. He faces up to five years in prison and fines up to $20,000 on each fraud count.

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