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Psychiatrist convicted of fraud suspended from comp system

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The California Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation said Wednesday it has suspended Pasadena, California-based psychiatrist Jason Hui-Tek Yang from participating in California’s workers compensation system.

Dr. Yang was convicted in Riverside County Superior Court for his involvement in an insurance fraud conspiracy that involved referring patients for unnecessary care to justify workers comp billing, the California Department of Industrial Relations said in a statement.

Dr. Yang has more than 2000 active workers comp liens with an estimated total claim value of more than $13.7 million, according to the statement.

Under Assembly Bill 1244, the workers comp division administrative director is required to suspend medical providers that have been convicted of a crime involving fraud or abuse of the MediCal or Medicare programs or the workers comp system.