Last year, state regulators accused Dallas-area dentist Everett Evans of bilking Medicaid out of millions of dollars by performing unnecessary procedures and billing for work he didn’t do. They froze more than $800,000 in pending payments to him from the federal health insurance program.
Evans, one of dozens of Texas dentists facing similar accusations, denied the charges and asked for the money to be released. State law directs such disputes to the State Office of Administrative Hearings, which adjudicates issues involving many government agencies. After a year of preliminary filings, last month the two sides were ready to appear before a judge.