US consultants coach doctors in insurance fraud

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:7
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The US Senate Committee on Finance chaired by Democratic senator Max Baucus of Montana held hearings last month on how self styled consultants run seminars teaching doctors how to boost their Medicare and insurance payments.

    Dr Kathryn Locatell, a private practitioner from Sacramento, California, testified: “While employed as a faculty member of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, in early 1998, I attended a ‘mandatory’ seminar about coding and billing for faculty outpatient medical care presented by consultants to the medical …

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