Dr. Ashok Jain Of TX Pressured Patients Into Getting Unnecessary Brain Treatments
India-West News Desk
An Indian American doctor pressured his patients into getting unnecessary brain stimulation treatments and then billed Medicare for it.
Dr. Ashok Jain, 61, and the psychiatric companies he owned and operated have agreed to pay $3 million to settle claims of improperly billing Medicare, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas.
“This office will actively pursue and prosecute those who take advantage of our aged population and those who seek psychiatric care and counseling. It is particularly egregious when those citizens who seek care are given unnecessary treatment and not the treatment that would benefit them. Providers who participate in federally funded programs like Medicare have a responsibility to the public to provide legitimate, safe care and treatment,” U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani said.
In the agreement, authorities said Jain’s clinics — Psychiatric Solutions P.C., Longview Psychiatric Center PLLC and Longview Psychiatric Center LP — submitted claims for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation procedures that were either not actually performed or unnecessary. He also billed Medicare for physician assessments even when he didn’t see the patient, according to court records. Jain ran the scheme from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2021, according to the settlement agreement.
“Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven’t been effective. This treatment for depression involves delivering repetitive magnetic pulses, so it’s called repetitive TMS or rTMS.”
In the settlement, the people who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. will receive $300,000 from the recovery, according to the release.
DEPORT this B——D! He should go to JAIL in INDIAMarch 6, 2023
Money is not the root of all evil. Greed is. In todays Orange County Register is this article
An orthopedic surgeon was found guilty of accepting more than $315,000 in bribes and kickbacks for performing spinal surgeries at a now-defunct Long Beach hospital whose owner was imprisoned for committing workers’ compensation insurance fraud, officials said on Monday, March 6.
Dr. David Hobart Payne, 65, of Irvine was found guilty late Friday, March 3, at the conclusion of a six-day, federal trial
Why would a well to do doctor complicate their life by taking bribes or doing things underhanded. It doesn’t make sense. You don’t get to take any of this stuff with you when you depart, so it is best to be totally honest at all times.March 6, 2023
I think it is admirable that India West calls out members of the community who violate the laws of the land. There is no substitute for public shaming of such individuals so others in the community can know who exactly are they dealing with.March 6, 2023
It is pure greed, it is not possible to improve or change the character of dishonest human beings from India.March 6, 2023