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California’s Division of Workers Compensation on Tuesday said in December it suspended 28 more medical providers from participating in California’s workers compensation system.
George Parisotto, the Oakland, California-based division’s administrative director, issued suspension orders against Gary Ordog and Owusu Ananeh Firempong, who were convicted of health care fraud for submitting false and fraudulent claims to Medicare. Khristine Eroshevich was convicted of unlawfully prescribing controlled substances by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or concealment of a material fact, the DWC said in a statement.
Additional suspensions were ordered for Arman and Nurista Grigoryan, and Lianna and Artak Ovsepian, for participating in a scheme that produced unnecessary prescriptions for expensive antipsychotic medication, fraudulently billing Medicare and Medi-Cal a total of about $18 million, according to the statement.
In addition, Mike Mikaelian, Anjelika Sanamian, Theanna Khou and Elizabeth Duc Tran participated in a scheme that fraudulently billed Medicare and Medi-Cal for unnecessary prescriptions of OxyContin.
Clyde Ikuta, Jonathan Hechanova, Thanh Nguyen, Adam Duer, Bryan Scott Williams, Renato Guzman, Robert Andrew Achtel, Mary Charlene Murphy, Vinay Rawlani, Allen Fujimoto, Michael Tralla, William Schmalhorst, Lance Wyatt, James Michel, Katherine Eunju Lee, Patricia Ann Snyder and John Gillespie 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 28 suspensions bring to 159 the number of providers suspended since January 2017, according to the statement.
Twenty-one more medical providers in California have been suspended, bringing this year’s total to 73 fewer practitioners treating injured workers, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Monday.