A Nassau County physician, Mark Shaffer, was denied reinstatement into the New York State Medicaid program following an evaluation of his application by the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General. This denial was based on concerns about his past behavior which had included failure to maintain patient records, allowing unqualified staff to administer inoculations, and filing false reports with the aim of inflating insurance reimbursements.
Shaffer has been excluded from participation in the Medicaid program since 2007 and recently applied for reinstatement. The exclusion was based on a consent order he signed with the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct in which he “agreed not to contest” charges of negligence on more than one occasion.
As the result of the signed consent order, his medical license was suspended for one year, with active suspension for the first three months and the final nine months stayed. He was then placed on probation for 36 months and required to practice under the supervision of another physician throughout the 36-month period.
After a full review of the facts supplied to the agency with his re-application materials, OMIG issued the denial for reinstatement into Medicaid. OMIG made this determination via authority under the regulations guiding the agency. Following OMIG’s determination, Shaffer will remain on the Exclusion/Termination list. Providers must make a formal application to be considered for removal from this list. Shaffer must wait at least two years from the date of the denial letter before submitting another application for reinstatement to the Medicaid program.
Details of the process are available on the OMIG Web site, including the ability to check the Exclusion/Termination list for additional names.
Manor Pharmacy Inc. in Sullivan County applied for enrollment as a provider with Medicaid. After discrepancies were found in the application, OMIG conducted an undercover investigation at the pharmacy. Investigators discovered that Manor filled a prescription later billed to Medicaid through another provider, Sullivan Pharmacy. Based on this unacceptable practice, OMIG denied enrollment to Manor Pharmacy under 18 NYCRR §504.5(a) (13). OMIG sent an educational letter to the billing pharmacy to instruct them that they may not bill for prescriptions that are not filled at their store.
Reliance Ambulette, a Flushing, New York -based provider of medical transportation services, overbilled the Medicaid program by $2,487,129 during a two-year period, according to a recent audit (#08-1781) completed by the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) in conjunction with the New York City Human Resources Administration. The audit cites the company for lack of compliance with standards required by the Medicaid program. The audit was conducted under the auspices of the County Demonstration Program, a joint state and local partnership, overseen by OMIG.
Reliance was cited for several issues. These included:
- failure to ensure that all drivers were duly licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (T&LC) and 19-A certified by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
- failure to prepare and maintain contemporaneous records demonstrating its right to receive payment, and
- missing or inaccurate information on the Medicaid claims submitted for payment.
The audit can be seen here.
Stuart Blankman, a Manhattan optometrist, requested reinstatement into the Medicaid program. New York City Criminal Court had convicted Blankman in September 2012 for harassment after he admitted to inappropriate conduct that placed a female patient in reasonable fear of physical injury and led to her having an order of protection instituted against him. OMIG denied reinstatement under 18 NYCRR §515.10(g) since Blankman’s conviction has a direct bearing on his ability to potentially provide safe, high-quality care to Medicaid patients.
For more information on the reinstatement process and how it works, see the OMIG webinar on the Exclusion and Reinstatement Process
You can help stop Medicaid fraud: Call OMIG’s Fraud Hotline at 1-877-87 FRAUD (1-877-873-7283), or click here to file a complaint electronically.
The OMIG may sanction some providers by excluding them from participating in the Medicaid program. These providers are excluded from offering services to Medicaid enrollees and also cannot be paid with Medicaid dollars. Prior to adding new staff members, employers should check to see if prospective employees have been excluded from Medicaid. To make it easier to perform such a check, OMIG set up a dedicated service to check the status of any exclusion.
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