An anesthesiologist who practiced as a pain management doctor in New Jersey and is currently under indictment for health care fraud had his New Jersey medical license revoked by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, for gross and repeated medical malpractice in New Jersey that includes giving unnecessary steroid injections to patients, creating fictitious patient records, and indiscriminately prescribing pain pills without medical justification, according to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.
The 59-year-old former pain management physician is scheduled to be tried on June 20, 2016 in New Jersey on charges of conspiracy, health care claims fraud, and theft by deception arising out of allegations that he and his former office manager submitted more than $1.5 million in fraudulent Medicare and private health care claims between 2006 and 2010. After he was indicted in 2011, his New Jersey medical license had been temporarily suspended.
The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners’ Final Decision and Order requires that the anesthesiologist pay a $130,000 civil penalty and reimburse New Jersey $308,749.53 for its investigative and prosecuting costs. The Board described the former pain management doctor as a”fundamentally corrupt and/or incompetent practitioner” who showed “a shocking disregard for patient safety and welfare,” and further stated, “We cannot envision a circumstance in which such a fundamentally dishonest and negligent physician would ever be sufficiently rehabilitated to be trusted to hold a medical license again.”
The Board had found that the anesthesiologist’s medical misconduct included administering steroid injections without medical justification and/or failing to stop administering ineffective steroid injections; failing to inform patients of potential, serious risks before performing injections; neglecting to follow up on patients’ potentially dangerous symptoms and complaints; failing to monitor vital signs of patients under sedation; refilling pain medication prescriptions without medical justification; allowing and billing for unlicensed employees to render physical therapies; and, creating fictitious patient records and submitting health claims based on those false records.
In discussing the Board’s action against the pain management doctor, the Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs stated, “By revoking [his] license, the Board has upheld its commitment to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. The egregious conduct and blatant malpractice demonstrated by [the former pain management doctor] erodes that trust, puts patients at risk, and will not be tolerated in New Jersey.”
Pain management fraud is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in the United States: on April 11, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland announced that a former Maryland pain management doctor was sentenced to 111 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for health care fraud, two counts of making a false statement related to a health care program, one count of obstruction of justice, four counts of wire fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft related to a health care fraud scheme in connection with the pain clinic he owned and operated with his wife. The former Maryland pain management clinic owner was also ordered to forfeit and pay restitution in the amount of $3,103,874.58.
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