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The California Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers Compensation suspended four medical providers from participating in the state’s workers compensation system.
Ladera Heights, California-based physician Kenneth Johnson was suspended based on federal charges in a $20 million scheme to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal. Mr. Johnson pre-signed thousands of blank prescriptions that were used in fraudulent claims for antipsychotic medications by Manor Medical Imaging in Glendale, California, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.
Santa Rosa-based orthopedic surgeon Raymond Severt also was suspended based on a criminal conviction in Marin Superior Court for attempted lewd acts on a minor under the age of 14. The Medical Board of California revoked his license following the conviction, the Department of Industrial Relations said in the statement.
In addition, George Parisotto, acting administrative director of the Division of Workers Compensation, also issued determinations and orders upholding the suspension of two providers who had appealed previous notices. Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon Philip Sobol was suspended for participating in a kickback scheme at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach in which he illegally referred thousands of his patients for spinal surgeries. Los Angeles-based physician Thomas M. Heric was suspended for Medicare and Medicaid-related health care fraud, according to the statement.
There are currently 23 providers suspended from California’s workers comp system, the statement said.
A nurse in Columbus, Ohio, did what anyone looking for employment would do: showcased her experience on the social media job site LinkedIn.