March 9, 2009

March 9, 2009
Health Care Fraud

Thanks for stopping by to check out another day in my life. It is the start of another work week and luckily warm and beautiful here in north Florida.

It is a very busy week for me with public appearances and having to get ready for the Positive Living Conference 12 in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, this coming weekend. Then on top of that I have the normal every day stuff, errands, etc.

I was watching the news today and heard a story about a HIV doctor pleading guilty to health care fraud. Talk about scum of the earth.

A doctor who treated people with HIV/AIDS pleaded guilty to federal charges of health care fraud committed from 1995 to 2001, The Desert Sun reports. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

According to the article, George Steven Kooshian, MD, fraudulently billed health insurance providers for medications related to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. The providers, which included Medicare, lost about $661,000.

Kooshian admitted to billing providers for medications patients no longer received and to giving patients smaller doses of medications although he billed providers for full doses.

In one case, a patient thought he was getting intravenous immunogammaglobulin for his peripheral neuropathy. Instead, the patient received saline with vitamins.

Kooshian is scheduled to be sentenced May 11 and I hope they throw the book at him. What are your thoughts? Drop me a line and let me know.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab