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Calif. suspends 7 medical providers for fraud or loss of license

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California’s Division of Workers Compensation on Thursday said last week it suspended seven more medical providers from participating in California’s workers compensation system.

George Parisotto, the Oakland, California-based division’s administrative director, issued a suspension order against Los Angeles-based David Wayne Fish, who was convicted in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2010 for receiving compensation or inducement for the referral of clients. Mr. Fish “organized dozens of lawyers and doctors to steer more than 4,000 cases to preferred medical providers in order to run up high bills,” the DWC said in a statement.

Additional suspensions were ordered for Perry Tan Nguyen, David James Garrison and Matthew Cho for participating in an illegal prescription mill that generated OxyContin prescriptions the clinic’s patients did not need and submitting unnecessary claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal, according to the statement.

In addition, Boyao Huang, Eleanor Mela Santiago and Alvin Mingczech Yee were suspended because their licenses were suspended, surrendered or revoked.

The suspensions are in line with A.B. 1244, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2018, and requires the division’s administrative director to suspend any medical provider, physician or practitioner from participating in the workers comp system in cases that involve criminal activity or inability to perform duties safely, among other requirements.

The seven suspensions bring to 166 the number of providers suspended since January 2017, according to the statement.