Doctor misdiagnoses patients with cancer in Medicare fraud case

Receiving the news that you or a family member living in Philadelphia has cancer can be downright devastating. Depending on the type of cancer and how far it has spread, chemotherapy may be necessary. This can be an effective treatment, but it can also take its toll on cancer patients.

A 48-year-old doctor in the Detroit area is accused of unnecessarily subjecting his patients to chemotherapy treatments in order to make more money. The doctor, who owns several oncology centers in Michigan, would diagnose his patients with cancer when they didn’t have it in an attempt to defraud Medicare.

Over the course of two years, he is estimated to have received around $35 million in fraudulent Medicare payments. An oncology nurse told authorities about her suspicions of the doctor’s illegal activity after she spent time at one of his clinics in 2010. She described nearly crying after what she saw.

The doctor was recently arrested after his offices were raided and his medical records seized by federal authorities. His bond was set at $9 million after prosecutors asked for it to be raised from the original bond of $170,000. They argued that the original bond was too low based on the assets the doctor and his wife have available to them.

Those patients who were in the care of this doctor would be well advised to seek out a second opinion from a qualified physician. They may wish to speak to a medical malpractice attorney about their case if they were wrongly diagnosed and received treatment for cancer that they did not have.

Source: NY Daily News, “Michigan doctor held on $9 million bond for misdiagnosing cancer patients in Medicare scam,” Trudi Bird, Aug. 16, 2013



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