5 physician legal cases making headlines

From fraud schemes to false claims, here are five legal cases involving physicians that Becker's reported on in January:

  1. A Washington physician agreed to pay $95,000 to resolve allegations that he participated in a scheme in which he ordered medically unnecessary durable medical equipment for kickbacks.
  2. Ashland, Ore.-based Asante Health System and one of its physicians agreed to pay $430,000 to settle allegations that they knowingly submitted false claims for cardiothoracic surgeries to federal health programs. 
  3. Federal prosecutors have dismissed healthcare fraud charges against former cardiologist Richard Paulus, MD.
  4. Paul Giacopelli, MD, an anesthesiologist who works at New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health in Westchester and Long Island, both in New York, with privileges at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel Hamlet, N.Y., was arrested for allegedly giving a woman anesthesia without her knowledge and sexually abusing her.
  5. The conviction of a Maryland physician for his role in a $15 million Medicare fraud scheme was vacated by a federal judge.

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