Danbury psychiatrist settles Medicare fraud allegations
By Dirk Perrefort
July 28, 2016
According to a statement released from the U.S. Justice Department, Dr. Anton Fry and CPC Associates, which has offices on Hospital Avenue and North Street, were being investigated for Medicare fraud for providing services to patients over the telephone instead of treating the patients in person.
While some “telehealth” services are allowed by Medicare in rural areas with shortages in health care professionals, Danbury is not considered one of those areas. Justice officials added that Fry also didn’t use any interactive audio or video communications as part of the over the phone treatment.
The settlement covers fraudulent activity that justice officials said occurred during the past six years at the practice.
According to the statement, federal authorities were alerted to the situation by a former patient of Fry’s under the Whistleblower status of the federal False Claims Act. As part of the legislation, the patient will receive about $6,000 of the proceeds from the settlement.