Archives for December 2009

Former UC Santa Cruz psychiatrist surrenders license after admitting affair with student patient

Mercury News By J.M. Brown 12/29/2009 SANTA CRUZ — A former UC Santa Cruz psychotherapist who admitted to a brief affair with a student patient in 2007 has voluntarily surrendered his medical license in a deal to end a state agency\’s claim against him. Milton Peechuan Huang, 46, agreed to relinquish his right to practice […]

The high price of Medicare fraud

St. Petersburg Times A Times Editorial Some scoffed when President Barack Obama said part of the cost of health care reform could be covered by eliminating fraud in the system. But each arrest made by the federal Medicare Fraud Strike Force illuminates how extensive the bogus billing schemes can be. Rooting out that fraud is […]

Psychiatrist writes 97,000 prescriptions in 18 months

The Associated Press MIAMI – The federal government has stopped reimbursing a Miami doctor who wrote nearly 97,000 prescriptions for mental health drugs to Medicaid patients over a period of 18 months, in a case that prompted a key senator to call for a nationwide investigation. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Fernando Mendez Villamil […]

Medicare halts payments to Miami psychiatrist

The Miami Herald By: JOHN DORSCHNER Medicare has stopped paying claims to Miami psychiatrist Fernando Mendez-Villamil because of questions over how he could prescribe mental health drugs at a rate of 150 a day, seven days a week, for a 21-month period. “While the state is investigating, we haven’t paid his claims,” Medicare spokesman Peter […]

Psychiatrist Investigated Over High Number Of Prescriptions

Miami Herald By John Dorschner Medicare has stopped paying claims to Miami psychiatrist Fernando Mendez-Villamil because of questions regarding the amount of mental health drugs he prescribed, an average of 150 prescriptions per day during a 21-month period. “While the state is investigating, we haven’t paid his claims,” Medicare spokesman Peter Ashkenaz said Thursday. Tiffany […]

HHS investigating high prescribing Fla. docs

Associated Press MIAMI (AP) – Medicare has stopped reimbursing a Miami doctor who prescribed about 96,685 mental health drugs to Medicaid patients in 18 months. According to state records, Dr. Fernando Mendez Villamil wrote an average of 153 prescriptions to adults and children every day between 2007 and 2009. That figure is nearly twice the […]

Feds investigating high prescribing Fla. docs

The Associated Press By KELLI KENNEDY The federal government has stopped reimbursing a Miami doctor who wrote nearly 97,000 prescriptions for mental health drugs to Medicaid patients over 18 months, in a case that prompted a key Senator to call for a nationwide investigation. U.S. Sen. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said Dr. Fernando Mendez […]

Miami doctor cited in letter blasting healthcare monitoring

Miami Herald Sen. Charles Grassley pointed to a Miami doctor in an attempt to show that the government needs to do something about over-utilization of healthcare. BY JOHN DORSCHNER A Miami psychiatrist who writes prescriptions for Medicaid patients at a rate of 150 a day, seven days a week, has been targeted by a U.S. […]

Feds Investigating High Prescribing Fla. Docs

Associated Press Grassley calls for federal probe after Fla. doc writes nearly 97K prescriptions in 18 months The Associated Press By KELLI KENNEDY MIAMI The federal government has stopped reimbursing a Miami doctor who wrote nearly 97,000 prescriptions for mental health drugs to Medicaid patients over 18 months. The case of the Florida physician and […]

Florida State Prison’s former psychiatrist loses his license

Florida Times Union Supporters defend his work at Raiford, but a state board cites improprieties in New York. By Jeremy Cox Dec. 5, 2009 ORLANDO – A Florida State Prison psychiatrist who resigned this week amid revelations of a sexual relationship with a former patient can no longer practice medicine in Florida, a state panel […]

Florida State Prison’s former psychiatrist loses his license

Florida Times Union Supporters defend his work at Raiford, but a state board cites improprieties in New York. By Jeremy Cox Dec. 5, 2009 ORLANDO – A Florida State Prison psychiatrist who resigned this week amid revelations of a sexual relationship with a former patient can no longer practice medicine in Florida, a state panel […]

Florida State Prison's former psychiatrist loses his license

Florida Times Union Supporters defend his work at Raiford, but a state board cites improprieties in New York. By Jeremy Cox Dec. 5, 2009 ORLANDO – A Florida State Prison psychiatrist who resigned this week amid revelations of a sexual relationship with a former patient can no longer practice medicine in Florida, a state panel […]

Psychiatrist\’s license stripped over past patient sex

Florida Times Union By Jeremy Cox ORLANDO — A Florida State Prison psychiatrist who resigned this week amid revelations of a sexual relationship with a former patient can no longer practice medicine in Florida, a state panel ruled today. The Florida Board of Medicine voted unanimously to revoke Emanuel John Falcone’s medical license. The move […]

Trial begins for psychiatrist Nelson H. Hendler accused of sexual misconduct

Baltimore Sun Trial begins for psychiatrist accused of sexual misconduct By Nick Madigan A once-prominent psychiatrist and pain specialist who enjoyed a national reputation and a thriving practice in northwest Baltimore County was in court again Tuesday, facing another in a string of female patients who over the years have accused him of sexually abusing […]