Leawood physician pleads guilty to $300,000-plus role in nationwide Medicare fraud

A Leawood physician pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court for his role in a nationwide Medicare fraud scheme to pay kickbacks and bribes to doctors to sign off on expensive — and unneeded — prescriptions and medical equipment.

Frederick Scott Dattel has owned a practice, Kansas City Pediatrics LLC, since 1998, but from August 2017 until February 2018, he also worked for a telehealth company called RediDoc LLC, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri. During that time, he issued orders for medical equipment and signed prescriptions for medications without examining or speaking to patients, with whom he had no physician-patient relationship, prosecutors say.

During the approximately seven months he worked for RediDoc, Dattel reviewed 1,077 patient files and issued 1,075 orders or prescriptions for durable medical equipment, orthotics and/or compounds — all, according to the release, “without regard to whether the beneficiaries actually needed the durable medical equipment or compounds.”

Source: Leawood physician pleads guilty to $300,000-plus role in nationwide Medicare fraud / Kansas City Business Journal

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