Wednesday, February 29, 2012

David Milton Lewis, DDS- Barred from practicing dentistry until allegations are resolved. He’s accused of unnecessary root canals and offering rewards for referrals!

Board accuses Sacramento dentist of unnecessary work

By Darrell Smith The Sacramento Bee
By Darrell Smith
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 - 11:20 am

A Sacramento dentist has been suspended by the Dental Board of California on allegations of performing unneeded root canals and fillings on the healthy teeth of at least 17 of his patients and collecting insurance payments for work he did not do.

David Milton Lewis was barred by the state board from performing dentistry until the case against him is resolved, officials said.

In addition to causing damage to patients' healthy teeth, the board alleged Lewis submitted numerous bogus insurance claims and offered cash rewards to United Parcel Service employees for referrals.

According to allegations filed by the dental board, Lewis targeted UPS employees because Delta Health Systems, the firm's dental insurer, covered 100 percent of dental treatments with no maximum payment or co- payment.

According to board filings, insurance investigators believe Lewis began performing the unnecessary work as the recession worsened in 2008, with claims soaring from an average of $154,000 a year before 2009 to about $870,000 per year afterward.

A hearing is pending against Lewis, who has a practice at 4350 Marconi Ave.

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