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Obama Administration Concerned About Psych Meds and Foster Youths

Youth Today Administration Concerned About Psych Meds and Foster Youths No regulation from feds yet; just information sharing November 29, 2011 By John Kelly Starting this summer, states will have to provide the federal government with details about how they control the use of psychotropic medications on youth in foster care. The Obama administration said […]

Payments to some Florida psychologists reduced 54 percent

TCPalm Florida\’s Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches Psychologists fear Blue Cross payment changes will harm patients By Cynthia Washam November 29, 2011 The state\’s biggest managed-care company is making changes many predict will jeopardize mental health care for thousands of Floridians. \”People who are going to suffer are patients in the middle of a crisis,\” […]

PROPUBLICA: Florida Sanctions Top Medicaid Prescribers — But Only After A Shove

Propublica by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein November 17, 2011 At Dr. Huberto Merayo’s bustling psychiatry practice in Coral Gables, Fla., hundreds of poor patients on Medicaid walked away each year with prescriptions for powerful antipsychotic drugs. Merayo’s prescriptions for the drugs totaled nearly $2 million in 2009 alone, state records show. The 59-year-old psychiatrist […]

Mental Health Counselor Arrested – False police report and false insurance claim

St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough deputies: Counselor who shot man in her office had filed false insurance claim Jessica Vander Velde, Times Staff Writer TAMPA — Deputies have arrested the mental health counselor they say shot a 30-year-old man Monday — but on charges unrelated to the shooting. While investigating the shooting, detectives say they came […]

Blue Cross/Blue Shield terminates all Florida psychiatrists

Tallahassee Democrat Mental health coverage change will hurt many By Bill Gallagher In early August, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida sent letters to all of its Florida psychiatrists and other providers under the category of \”mental health,\” advising them that they would be terminated without cause. According the Florida Psychiatric Society website (, existing contracts […]

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People\’s Pharmacy: Antidepressants carry suicide risk

FLORIDA TODAY (Brevard County, Florida) September 29, 2011 Thursday QUESTION:A family member took his life while on Cymbalta. He never had been depressed, but when he explained to his physician the suicidal thoughts he was having, the physician doubled his dose of Cymbalta, added Abilify and told him to come back in a week. He […]

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Dozens arrested in Medicare mental health fraud

Miami Herald MEDICARE Dozens arrested in Medicare mental health fraud By Jay Weaver Federal agents have arrested dozens of suspects charged with bilking Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus services for mental health therapy and other types of healthcare. Agents with Health and Human Services and the FBI have fanned out across […]

State suspends license of mental-health counselor

Orlando Sentinel The Florida Department of Health has suspended the license of a Casselberry mental-health counselor. Health officials said David B. Bollet, a counselor at the Center for Counseling and Consulting, cannot practice safely because of an addiction to crack cocaine and marijuana and needs treatment. He was convicted of possession of cocaine and drug […]

Newspaper says Expand Investigation of Psychiatrists

The Palm Beach Post Check up on DJJ doctors Anyone with an Internet connection can go online and see that Dr. Gold Smith Dorval is on probation with the Florida Board of Medicine and that his medical license was suspended because he stole money from Medicaid. Why, then, did the Department of Juvenile Justice allow […]