Psychiatry for dimentia patients is Medicare fraud and med co. pays Million to Settle

Psychiatric and psychotherapy services were provided to patients whose dimentia and cognitive disorders made them unable to benefit from the treatment but Medicare was billed through the nose. The Department of Justice charged the company with billing for nearly 91,000 exams that were duplicative and failed to comply with Medicare rules. The company, Park avenue Medical Associates agreed to pay One Million Dollars to settle the claim. Interestingly the whistleblower in the case is Zachery Wolfson, the son of the company’s Chief Medical Officer and founding partner, Mitchell Wolfson MD. The son will collect as much as $250,000 for filing the original complaint under The False Claims Act.