Fla. Attorney General’s office makes another Medicaid fraud arrest

Pam Bondi Attorney General FLFor the second time in as many weeks, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced that her office has made another arrest following an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. West Palm Beach dentist Dr. Thomas Floyd was arrested on charges of Medicaid fraud, grand theft and employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license. Floyd surrendered and was taken into custody.

“Employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license and billing Medicaid for those services is endangering patients and stealing from the Medicaid program,” Bondi said in a release issued from her office.

Bondi’s office included the following statement:

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators allege that between 2008 and 2012, Floyd employed an unlicensed dental hygienist and allowed her to perform periodontal root cleaning and scaling on 71 different children. Under Florida law, this procedure is only authorized to be performed by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist. Floyd then billed the Medicaid program for these procedures.

Floyd is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of grand theft and one count of employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license, all third-degree felonies. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and more than $30,000 in fines. The case is being prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit. 

 

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  • sheila jaffe

    why don't you arrest Rick Scott for Medicare Fraud. His golden parachute enabled him to buy the governorship of Florida.

  • Anita

    I went through something similar in Calif..& this Dentist had priors…& they suspended her made her redo her root canal classes & small fine, then wrecked several other folks teeth including mine! She lost her Government Medical access, & that was that!

  • Michael W Davis, DDS

    There are numbers of methods to gain the confidence & trust of a child, prior to providing dental care. One superb method is termed, "tell, show, do". The provider tells the child in very simple terms, what they plan to do. The child is shown the dental instrument or tool. Then, the practitioner talks the child through the dental service, as they provide that service. This requires time & effort.

    Under the Medicaid fee structure, methodology of "tell, show, do" is rarely done. It's simply not cost effective. In place, Medicaid mill dentists will routinely keep parents out of treatment rooms, & place children in physical restraints (papoose boards). Then, they can maximize services delivered, & maximize the payouts under the broken Medicaid system. Who cares about the child's stamina, fears, comfort, understandings, etc.?

    Unfortunately, these restraints often leave contusions (bruising). So, a handful of Medicaid mill dentists have adapted "new" technologies. In order to get the child's attention & cooperation, they gut-punch the child.

    A gut-punch will not leave the mark of a bruise, until 2-3 days later. Thus, this has become "acceptable", in certain toxic circles. Just imagine a person 3-4x your size giving you orders. If you ignore those orders, they gut-punch you. Believe me, you will give your fullest attention & cooperation immediately.

    As I've been told again & again by my colleagues, who run Medicaid mills, "I LOVE treating Medicaid patients, because you don't need to treat them, like real people".

    Michael W Davis, DDS

    Santa Fe, NM