As an ethics speaker, I am not sure why. Perhaps the US Attorney’s office didn’t have enough to convict. Whatever the reason, there was resolution in a case in the Northern District of Texas from a Texas D.O. – Daniel Andrew Maynard and the US Attorney’s office.
According to the US Attorney’s office, in February 2005, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG), the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of Inspector General (HHSC), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred allegations to the government that Maynard had inflated billings for thousands of physician evaluation and management services submitted to the Medicare and Texas Medicaid programs. The U.S. and Texas allege that on at least 32 separate days, Maynard billed both programs for patient encounters – that if provided as claimed – meant he spent more than 24 hours each day seeing and treating patients. Maynard claimed to have seen more than 100 patients on six of those occasions. The U.S. and Texas contend that contrary to Maynard’s claims, he could not have possibly furnished anything more than the most basic of physician services during those 32 days.
Hum…guess Maynard was a work-a-holic? While, again, according to the settlement there was no admission of wrongdoing, the fact remains that a substantial sum has been paid to correct what appears to be incorrect behavior.
Further, as part of the civil settlement, Maynard agreed to be permanently excluded from participation in Medicare, Texas Medicaid, and all other federal health care programs. Maynard previously pleaded, in October 2007, no contest to several Dallas County criminal counts charging him with delivery of a prescription or prescription form without a valid medical purpose.
According to a 2003 news release, Maynard has had issues with his medical practice. The news release stated: “Dr. Maynard’s office was raided by local, state and federal law enforcement officials based on information regarding non-therapeutic prescribing, medically unnecessary prescribing and possible patient harm, including deaths, as a result of his prescribing activity. The panel determined that Dr. Maynard had violated several provisions of the Medical Practice Act by failing to keep adequate medical records related to treatment of Intractable Pain Patients; failure to practice medicine in an acceptable professional manner consistent with public health and welfare; committing unprofessional or dishonorable conduct that is likely to deceive or defraud the public; and by prescribing dangerous drugs and controlled substances to persons who are known or should have been known to be a drug abuser.”
Every choice has a consequence. So far, Maynard should be pleased that the consequence was civil – not criminal. He may, by agreeing to a civil settlement, be able to keep his medical license. However, since he cannot participate in either federal or Texas state health care programs, his client base will likely be limited.
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Business Ethics Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…