Clinic owner falsely reported patient services and practiced after license revoked
POSTED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 4:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Attorney General Buddy Caldwell today announced that the owner of a medical clinic in Kenner has been charged with Medicaid fraud for reporting thousands of patient treatment services as being performed by a licensed physician when actually performed by a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant, or even by himself, though he is suspended from the practice of medicine.
Dr. George A. Farber, Sr., 78, of 5 Chateau Petrus Drive, surrendered to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for arrest on Thursday and was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison with two counts of Medicaid Fraud.
In May 2010, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit opened an investigation into the practices of Farber based on a complaint from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. The board suspected that Farber was continuing to practice medicine after it had revoked his license in 2009.
The Attorney General’s Office alleges that Farber, a Medicaid provider, owned and operated Gulf South Medical and Surgical Institute, a clinic located at 3701 Florida Avenue in Kenner. Over the years, he added to his operations a network of clinics in Gretna, Slidell, Covington, Hammond, Chalmette, and Algiers. However, Farber failed to advise the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) of the individual clinic operations, as required by law. Rather than seeking Medicaid provider numbers for these facilities, Farber created false and fraudulent reports in an effort to manipulate and defraud the Louisiana Medicaid Program. The Medicaid Fraud charges stem from activity occurring between October 2009 and September 2010.
The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit works closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to combat fraud and provide oversight for the Medicaid program. To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 888-799-6885.