There just has to be a very special place in HELL as well Jail for those who choose to conspire and lie to cover-up the heinous abuse of children.
Our Junior Colleagues and Interstate Medicaid Clinics
by Michael W. Davis, DDS
(New Mexico Dental Journal Fall 2011 Volume 62, Number 4)
Times are tough for recent dental school graduates. They can easily accrue a personal debt for school loans in excess of $150,000–$250,000. This is before even a single dollar is earned in clinical practice.
Many of our junior colleagues are basically working as transient laborers. they may see little immediate hope in getting out of debt, while attempting to raise a young families. Frequently, working conditions would disgust an OSHA inspector or Peer Review Member. Unfortunately, many recent graduates need their income too badly, to come forward.
In recent years, interstate Medicaid clinics have come onto the scene. Their focus is primarily the niche market of underserved Medicaid eligible children.
This report says the Executive Director of the Ohio Dental Board “approved” the settlement. What is God’s name did she have to do with anything, other than some responsibility into Marissa’s death in my opinion.
How did such a conversation go anyway? Did she say, “yeah, that’s a fair price”!!!
By Jack Shea Fox 8 News Reporter
6:14 p.m. EDT, October 28, 2011
The family of a Lorain County girl, who died while undergoing oral surgery, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the dentist who performed the surgery.
On December 21, 2010, 13-year-old Marissa Kingery, of Elyria, stopped breathing while having teeth removed at the Lorain office of Dr. Henry Mazorow.
An autopsy later concluded that Marissa's death was accidental, the result of complications from anesthesia administered before the surgery.
The lawsuit filed by the girl's family was settled by Dr. Mazorow's insurance company for one million dollars, to be shared by her parents and their civil attorney.
The Ohio State Dental Board helped negotiate the settlement, and then approved it.
Dental Board Executive Director Lili Reitz told Fox 8, "Our job is to ensure that dentists who are not safe, or who pose a threat, either remediate in the areas where they're deficient, or no longer practice."
[It’s a damn shame Ms. Reitz didn’t feel the same when Mazorow killed the other patient in 1997. Sounds real noble Ms. Reitz, but your words are empty!]
On September 1, after consulting with the dental board, Dr. Mazorow agreed to retire at the age of 81.
[It took from December 2010 until September 1, 2011 for Mazorow to be forced into retirement?! Also after 5 years, his record will be wiped clean as Ms. Reitz pointed out earlier this year!]
The case of Marissa Kingery was not the first time Mazorow had been sued for wrongful death. In 1997, 57-year-old Rosemary Johnson died from similar complications while undergoing surgery at the doctor's office. The case was settled out of court for $550,000.
Fox 8 News tried to talk to Dr. Mazorow about what happened to Marissa Kingery and Rosemary Johnson, but were unable to reach him.
Reitz said says the case illustrates the difficulty of regulating dentistry.
"What I have a hard time accepting is our limitations, and our limitations are the license of the individual, and whether or not that person should be, to hold a license, and if so, what needs to be done to ensure that they're safe."
[What’s so damn difficult about it, Ms. Reitz? ]
October 08, 1992|MARLA CONE | TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thirteen patients of a Costa Mesa dentist who was convicted in 1984 of murdering three patients were awarded $1.6 million in damages Wednesday to be paid by a state insurance association, according to their attorney.
Dr. Tony Protopappas was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder after two women and a teen-age girl died during a five-month period from lethal doses of general anesthesia he administered during routine dental work. He is serving a 15-year term at a state prison.
The $1 million in damages and $600,000 in interest awarded Wednesday is in addition to $500,000 the plaintiffs were awarded from insurers in 1987, said their attorney, William Humphreys of the Santa Ana law firm of Horton, Barbaro & Reilly.
After Protopappas' arrest, his dental firm as well as his insurance company went bankrupt, so the claims were sent to the California Insurance Guaranty Assn., which is a statewide fund created by insurers to handle claims of companies that go bankrupt.
A study published in the October issue of the Journal of Dental Education reports ethics has declined in dentistry. Shocking! In fact, what actually qualifies as “ethics” education seems to have changed. Shocking! This information was developed by the authors, listed below and administered by the American Society for Dental Ethics. American Society of Dental Ethics!? Who knew?!
I’m wondering if this “Ethics Society” was the impetus to the decline in and redefining of ethics education. Wonder what kind of influence the dental mills and the Dental Group Practice Association (DGPA ) (see below) have of the ethics curriculum? Ethics is something the mills certainly do not want practiced, it hinders production!
Jurisprudence must be in worse shape than ethics, considering all the illegal dental mills openly operating these days! I wonder if there is an American Society of Dental Jurisprudence?
This study was done with data from 2008. 2011 is damn near over!!
Now on with the abstract of the Study:
The survey was sent to the individual who directs the ethics curriculum at the fifty-six U.S. dental schools that had a full complement of enrolled pre-doctoral classes as of January 2008.
All fifty-six schools responded to the survey. The data suggest that, in general, little time is devoted to ethics instruction in the formal curriculum. The mean number of contact hours of ethics instruction is 26.5 hours, which represents about 0.5 percent of the mean clock hours of instruction for dental education programs reported in the most recent American Dental Association survey of dental education. While the amount of time devoted to ethics instruction appears not to have changed much over the past thirty years,what has changed are what qualities as ethics instruction, the pedagogies used, and the development and availability of norm-referenced learning outcomes assessments, which are currently used by a number of schools.
It’s all designed to fool the taxpayer. Politian's get into trouble for overspending. They cut services, in this case Medicaid reimbursement fees for dental treatment. To keep the special interest happy, they agree to cover another procedure, everyone’s happy.
I work in an office (corporate mill) that takes Medicaid- MassHealth-in my state. which covers sealants on primary molars. In my opinion, I think sealants on second primary molars (first primary, very rare) are beneficial in only a small percentage of cases; high risk, deep grooves, ability to obtain good isolation, etc.
Here's what I find troublesome and wasteful from a taxpayers point of view.
- We routinely seal all primary molars up to the age of 8, even on low risk patients with shallow grooves
- 90% of the time dental assistants place them alone with poor isolation.
I only do sealants when I have good isolation. 95% of the time I use my Isolite.
With my criteria, I rarely seal primary molars.
The dentists who do treatment plan sealants on a 3 year old, that will not even remain still for an exam or cleaning are wasting tax dollars in my opinion. I do see pressure for assistants to do them from the corporate headquarters. Corporate heads want a “sealant” report daily. That irks the hell out of me. It irks me even more when the dentist is not busy at all and still let's the assistant do them alone!
If only there could be a dental mill clinic crises. Like the one in the housing market; saturated with empty dental mill clinics. Now there is a buyers assistance program I could support.
As one dentist recently said, “When the money for general dentists doing the small kids disappears, the mills will be gone. There are 4 dentists on every corner. Being a practice broker is where the money will be when these mills close down.”
I can dream.
Had I read this in 2007 or even 2008 I might have believed the whole scenario laid out in the lawsuit between Park Dental Group and American Dental Partners. But knowing what I know today I think it’s a case of “owner dentists” going rogue, but I could be completely wrong.
In 2007 a Minnesota jury awarded a group of dentist $130 million dollars. The group alleged American Dental Partners, Inc. had overstepped its bounds when it came to the treatment of their patients. Disappointingly, the jury failed to address the claims of a corporation/non-dentist practicing dentistry without a license. However I suspect one could say the monetary award spoke volumes.
December 13, 2007
In a landmark verdict likely to draw praise from those opposed to the growing corporate presence in medicine, a jury ordered a Massachusetts company to pay $130.6 million to a group of Twin Cities dentists who claim the company interfered with their delivery of care to patients.
A Hennepin County jury ruled Wednesday in favor of PDG PA, a professional association of 115 dentists who operate the Park Dental and Dental Specialist clinics. The dentists had accused American Dental Partners Inc., a public company to which they had outsourced most of the administrative side of the business, of overstepping its legal authority and granting itself grossly excessive fees.
[I’m wondering exactly what that grossly amount was, 100% as with CSHM]
The ruling and the mammoth award will have far-reaching implications for thousands of clinics and hospitals nationwide that in recent years have outsourced the management of their business operations to corporations that aren't owned by medical professionals, industry analysts said.
"It puts in sharp relief the tension that exists in the health care industry over who controls the practice of medicine and dentistry," said Joseph Anthony, an attorney with Anthony, Ostlund & Baer, which represented the dentists. "Will it be the doctors or will it be non-doctor-trained service providers?"
After a month long trial, American Dental and a subsidiary were found liable for, among other charges, breach of contract, breach of good faith and defamation. Late Wednesday, the jury ordered the company to pay $88.3 million in damages, then added $42.3 million in punitive damages on Thursday.
American Dental, based in Wakefield, Mass., said in a written statement that it is evaluating the verdict. Officials did not return repeated telephone calls. Shares of the company tumbled Thursday to $4.62 a share from $14.34 a share a day earlier.
The verdict stems from a dispute over a 1996 agreement in which an American Dental subsidiary, PDHC Ltd., agreed to provide the dentists with money for expansion as well as "non-dental administrative services," such as accounting, lab services and equipment maintenance. In return, the dentists agreed to pay a portion of their billing revenue to American Dental in the form of a "service fee."
[Honestly, I’ve got to give a huge thumbs up to whom ever “spun” this one. There are lessons to be learned here, I’m sure]
Remember last year when it was revealed a VA clinic in Ohio was using less than sterile conditions. There was an uproar!
Well, the dental lab technician who blew the whistle on died Saturday in a one car accident.
By Thomas Gnau, Staff Writer Updated 10:37 AM Sunday, October 16, 2011
BEAVERCREEK — A dental lab technician who helped call attention to poor infection-control practices at the Dayton VA Medical Center last year was killed in a one-car accident in Beavercreek Saturday morning.
Wallace “Ray” Perdue of Fairborn was killed after the car he was driving left the road and struck a tree in the 2200 block of Kemp Road, just west of Beaver Valley Road, at 11:54 a.m. Saturday, according to Beavercreek police. He was 45. Police said he died at the scene.
His wife, Sherry Perdue, was also in the car. She was examined at Miami Valley Hospital after the crash, then discharged on Saturday, a hospital spokesperson said.
The Perdues, along with a third whistle-blower, told VA inspectors in the summer of 2010 about dentist Dr. Dwight Pemberton’s failure to sterilize instruments and change latex gloves between seeing patients.
In the aftermath of the Perdues’ allegations coming to light, the VA closed its Dayton dental clinic for three weeks and offered testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV to 535 former patients of Pemberton’s.
Demonstrating their ruthless style of business-preying on the most vulnerable of citizens-Church Street Health Management is continuing to SLAPP a Kentucky grandma for voicing her continued dislike of the company’s business practices,
In 2008 Church Street Heath Management, LLC- then known as FORBA Holdings, LLC- brought a first amendment lawsuit, referred to as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) against one of their many critics.
In January 2010, Church Street Health Management agreed to pay upwards to $30Mil to settle allegations of abusing children, overtreatment and Medicaid Fraud. CSHM was also forced to sign a “Quality of Care” “Corporate Integrity Agreement” with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Being the “low hanging fruit”, CSHM and their corporate owners, the Carlyle Group, First Islamic Bank-now known as Arcapita Bank and American Capital Strategies, have once again brought this unrepresented grandmother of 9 back to court in Western Kentucky.
On October 17, 2011 at 10AM a hearing will be held in Federal Court. CSHM has motioned the court to find grandma in Contempt of Court; asking the retired grandma to be fined $10,000 and pay an exorbitant amount of legal fees. In their court pleadings, CSHM mentions possible jail time as a remedy to satisfy their intent to suppress grandma’s 1st Amendment rights to free speech.
CSHM also wants the court to force grandma to reveal the identity of current or former employees with whom she has had contact. Doubtful it’s to pat any of those person’s on the head for doing such a good job in keeping them honest.
September 2011 Grandma's Combined Response to CSHM’s Motion for Sanctions and Motion to Dismiss
September 2011 Grandma's Memorandum in support
Church Street Health Management, LLC is located in Nashville, Tennessee at:618 Church St # 520
Nashville, TN 37219-2457
Michael Lindley-Chairman & CFO
Rodney Cawood-EVP & Chief Financial Officer
Al J. Smith- President, COO and Secretary
Dr. Steve Adair
Bret Bero – American Capital.
Scott A. Buschmann – Arcapita Bank
Stockton Croft – Arcapita Bank
Charles L. Griffith – Arcapita Bank
Susan B. Kasser- Carlyle Group
Douglas Kelley – American Capital
Michael G. Lindley – Small Smiles Holding, LLC
William C. Miller, Jr – Arcapita Bank
Al J. Smith – Small Smiles Holding, LLC
Arcapita Bank is headquartered in Bahrain, while the Carlyle Group is the third largest private investment group in the world with assets of $150 billion dollars. In March 2008, Carlyle Capital Corporation defaulted on about US$ 16.6 billion of debt as the global credit crunch brought about by the subprime mortgage crisis worsened for leveraged investors. (Wikipedia)
American Dental Partners, Inc. ( NASDQ: ADPI) Lawsuits thru June 2011
On or about February 22 and 23, 2010, Special Situations Fund III L.P., Special Situations Cayman Fund, L.P., and Special Situations Fund III Q.P., L.P. excluded themselves from the class action settlement resolving consolidated actions entitled “In re American Dental Partners, Inc. Securities Litigation,” civil action number 1:08-CV-10119-RGS, and filed an opt-out complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, against us and certain of our executive officers, entitled “Special Situations Fund III, L.P. et al. v. American Dental Partners, Inc. et al.,” civil action number 1:10-CV-10331, which we refer to as the Opt-Out Action.
The Opt-Out Action complaint (i) asserts that the plaintiffs purchased over 500,000 shares of our common stock during the period of February 25, 2004 through December 13, 2007; (ii) alleges that we and certain of our executive officers violated the federal securities laws, in particular, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, by making allegedly material misrepresentations and failing to disclose allegedly material facts concerning the lawsuit by Park Dental Group against our subsidiary, PDHC, Ltd., entitled PDG, P.A. v. PDHC, Ltd., Civ. A. Nos. 27-CV-06-2500 and 27-CV-07-13030, filed in the Fourth Judicial District of Hennepin County, Minnesota on February 3, 2006 and conduct at issue in that action during the period of February 25, 2004 through December 13, 2007, which had the effect of artificially inflating the market price of our common stock; (iii) asserts control person claims under Section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act against the executive officers named as defendants; and (iv) claims that certain of the alleged misrepresentations also violated Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act.
The plaintiffs seek an unspecified amount of monetary damages, costs and attorneys’ fees and any other relief the Court deems proper. We are unable to provide a range of potential damages with respect to this action.
On June 11, 2010, we and the other defendants filed a motion to dismiss the Opt-Out Action. On March 31, 2011, the Court denied the motion to dismiss with respect to the Section 10(b) and Section 20(a) claims, but granted the motion to dismiss with respect to the Section 18 claim. We intend to defend ourselves vigorously with respect to this matter.
October 12, 2011
By JOE GORMAN - reporter (email@example.com) , Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com
YOUNGSTOWN - An Idlewood Avenue woman reportedly unhappy with work on her tooth was arraigned Tuesday in Municipal Court on accusations that she pulled her dentist's hair and wouldn't let go.
Cassandra Allen, 21, was arraigned on two counts of assault. Judge Elizabeth Kobly set bond at $10,000, as well as ordering that Allen have no contact with the Small Smile Dental Center on Mahoning Avenue or any of its employees.
Police reports state that Allen went to the office about 9 a.m. Monday, upset over some work done on her tooth. A dentist tried to help her, but several times during the process, Allen complained, the report states.
Updated: Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011, 4:42 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011, 4:42 PM EDT
New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - A New Haven dentist is paying over $200,000 for making false claims for services provided at her dental office.
Kristi Rossomando, D.M.D and her dental practice, The Children's Dental Group, P.C., located at 825 Grand Avenue, have entered into a civil settlement in which they will pay $212,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal and state False Claims Acts.
Also, the high profile dentist and Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Dr. Elan Kaufman billed the family’s insurance company for 5 visits on their 3 year old child whom he has never seen. Dr. Elan Kaufman had never looked inside the child’s mouth-he should not even have a chart or medical record of any kind on this child. Parents say the child had not been past the waiting room!
Records say in 2009 he did 6 filings on the child- when the child was only one year old. According to all the bills submitted on the child he had never seen the 3 year old had been seen 5 times and should currently have a total of 14 fillings. He also billed for cleanings and fluoride treatment.
Fox 5 took the child to another prominent dentist for examination. Not only did the child have NO fillings, she had NO cavities. Troubling to me is the fact the dentist wanted his identity to remain a secret. Typical and 99.9% of the problem in my opinion. Everyone wants to remain anonymous!!
Dr. Kaufman blames the “mistake” on staff, calling it a “clerical error”. HA!
Anyone want to guess what procedures he billed out in 2011, that caused the family to max out it’s benefits with Delta Dental?
It was the “soup of the day”- Pulpotomies (Baby Root Canals) and Stainless Steel Crowns. I know, I know…
Wednesday September 28, 2011
Fox 5 reporter Arnold Diaz
The serious problems with the dental community is not limited to the US.
The Health Service Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, has named a Staffordshire dentist who has repeatedly ignored calls from professional bodies to apologize to a patient following her complaint. This is the first time Ms Abraham has published a report specifically to alert Parliament to a health care professional’s refusal to put things right following a complaint.
Ms Abraham’s report sets out the findings of her investigation of the patient’s complaint about dentist Rajesh Narendranath (known as Mr Nath), of Stone Family Dental Practice in Stone, Staffordshire. The patient, Mrs D, complained that Mr Nath had been rough and had hurt her while trying to take x-rays, and also that he had been rude to her when she had objected. She described leaving the appointment feeling ‘battered emotionally and in more pain’.
Children picked up and escorted to dentist office for orthodontic treatment when dentist was not even in the state.
Dollars are scarcely available to treat children who are in very serious and real need, yet hundreds of millions freely distributed for unnecessary and useless braces on children in the Medicaid system.
These are just two of the allegations in the latest installment from Byron Harris of WFAA-TV in Dallas.
Posted on October 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Last year, Texas taxpayers spent $184 million so kids on Medicaid could get free braces. Taxpayers did not just pay orthodontists for doing work many in the middle class consider a luxury. Under Medicaid, the public spent $13 million on orthodontic transportation.
Children got picked up, taken to orthodontists' offices, had their braces installed or worked on and were taken home again. Medicaid pays for up to 26 trips per patient. Many experts say that's evidence of a well-intentioned program gone wrong.
In his office in Dallas, Dr. Deji Fashemo looks at a three-dimensional photo of a child who badly needs orthodontic help. It is a mouth so crammed with teeth it's painful to look at. So in need of structural repair, the patient can hardly open to brush his teeth.
What does Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell computers know about root canals?
Word coming out of Colorado today is the Dental One clinic in Mountain, Colorado might be in some trouble. Rumor has it the District Attorney in Monument, Colorado is investigation billing fraud allegations.
Dental One operates 14 practices in Colorado including
Jackson Creek Dental Care
15854 Jackson Creek Parkway
Monument, CO 80132
Dental One is based in Dallas, Texas
DentalOne Partners - Dallas
17300 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75248
Dental One, Inc
Dental Care Partners, Inc
Dental One Partners is a trademark owned by Dental One, Inc and refers to dental practices serviced by either Dental Care Partners, Inc or Dental One, Inc.
Dental Works – refers to dental practices serviced by Dental Care Partners, Inc
DentalOne Partners - Dallas
17300 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75248
I’m hoping this takes root, as it seems it has, and continues across the country. C’mon parents, stand up for your children.
Here is the story of another protest, this time at Dr. Dove’s Chatsworth, California.
CHATSWORTH - Angry parents demonstrated Friday outside the office of a pediatric dentist, accusing him of hitting young patients who cried and pulling teeth without proper sedation.
Picketing outside the Devonshire Street office of Dr. Edward E. Dove, more than a half-dozen mothers, grandmothers and others claimed that Dove mistreated children during visits and barred parents from being at their kids' side during procedures.
Janice Tucker, left, and Brooke Catalfamo demonstrate Dr. Edward Dove's pediatric dental office in Chatsworth on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Several parents who believe their children were mistreated by the dentist gathered outside his office to let others know their stories. (Andy Holzman/Daily News Staff Photographer)
"We're just here trying to protect other innocent children," said Brooke Catalfamo, of Reseda, who said Dove slapped her 5-year-old son in the face when he cried.
Another group held a similar protest recently outside Dove's office in Bakersfield, and critics have launched a Facebook page to detail complaints.