April 9, 2008 — Medicaid Dental Center
Medicaid Dental Center (MDC), a privately owned chain of dental clinics in North Carolina, has agreed to pay $10,050,000 to settle claims that it caused false or fraudulent claims for payment to be presented to the North Carolina Medicaid program.
The allegations of the case were that the defendants billed Medicare for procedures upon children which were not medically necessary.
“Health care professionals who abuse their positions and engage in excessive treatment regimens and excessive billing practices will not be tolerated,” said Gretchen C.F. Shappert, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. “The North Carolina Medicaid program was not created for self-enrichment. It is a public trust. Individuals who use their professional skills to take advantage of that trust will be investigated and held to account for their actions.”
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 4/9/08