Podiatrist charged with running $11 million foot-bath Medicare scam

He really put his foot in it.

A Mississippi podiatrist has been charged with running a $11 million foot-bath scam, allegedly ripping off Medicare and other health programs by prescribing unnecessary but expensive treatments that didn’t even work, prosecutors said.

Carey “Craig” Williams, 63, of Water Valley is accused of ordering up drug cocktails aimed at maximizing the reimbursements he would receive but that weren’t actually designed for the treatments he prescribed.

Williams, who ran North Mississippi Foot Specialists P.C. as well as an in-house pharmacy, allegedly would prescribe antibiotics and antifungal drugs to be dissolved in a warm water foot bath, but often using capsules and creams that weren’t water soluble, prosecutors said.

Federal investigators say Williams also would order medically unnecessary molecular diagnostic tests on his patients’ toenail clippings to look for things like the bacteria that causes “cat scratch disease.” Also known as “cat scratch fever,” the disease can cause fatigue and headaches and can cause more serious problems for people with compromised immune systems, but it cannot be detected in a person’s toenails, prosecutors said.

Source: Podiatrist charged with running $11 million foot-bath Medicare scam — and prescribing treatments that did not dissolve in water / Market Watch

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