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From Physician to Felon in the Name of Greed

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The breach of trust we bestow upon people who work so hard to achieve it is a paradoxical dilemma difficult to wrap your head around.  But it happens time and time again, with leaders in all those special places we see “successful” people rise and fall.  Politicians, business people, lawyers, judges, clergy, coaches, and, in this post, doctors.  How big of a mansion do you need?  Want?  Seventy-year-old Dr. Lazar Feygin lived in a palatial mansion prosecutors say opioids and Medicaid fraud bought.  He and his associates were listed in New York State’s “Top Ten” list of physicians getting millions in Medicaid reimbursements.  Their clinics collected over $24 million in a four-year period.

Due to problems with oversight and contract issues, the Medicare Fee-for-Service Program wrongly made payments of $41.1 billion dollars in 2016 alone, according to a Government Accountability Office report.  What is the motivation?  Greed?  After diagnosing and treating thousands of patients for eye issues, a retinal specialist is just weeks away from a jury deciding whether Dr. Salomon Melgen bilked Medicare out of as much as $105 million.  An Oklahoma hospital and 6 doctors just agreed to pay a $1.6 million dollar settlement for false claims filed for federal Medicare payments.

This is just a couple days’ worth of reading about stories like these that have my blood boiling.  I could go on to cite dozens more instances like these that are occurring.  What have we as a country and as communities and People come to?  Keep your eyes and ears open.  This has become an anthem of mine.  “One Tin Soldier,” The Original Caste: