Dentist charged with Medicaid fraud

Monday, August 22, 2011 - 12:00am

SHREVEPORT, La (FOX44) — The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has arrested a Shreveport dentist accused of unauthorized participation in medical assistance programs after having been issued a state exclusion, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Dr. David E. Reed, 55, of Shreveport, was booked with one felony count of unauthorized participation in medical assistance programs. Dr. Reed allegedly sought and obtained employment as a dentist in 2010 with a Medicaid provider in Natchitoches, despite his ongoing exclusion from participation in the state’s Medicaid program.

The effect of a state exclusion is that the excluded individual cannot provide any services which will be billed directly or indirectly to Medicaid, and it is a crime to be employed by, contract with, or have an ownership interest in any healthcare provider which bills Medicaid.

Excluded as a Medicaid provider in 1992 after pleading to two counts of Medicaid fraud, Dr. Reed continued to submit applications from 2006 through 2008, for re-enrollment to the Medicaid Program. After being denied each time, Dr. Reed was notified in 2009 by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals that he would continue to be excluded from participation in the Medicaid program for a period of at least five additional years.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with Dr. Reed’s arrest. He was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Prison. If convicted, Dr. Reed could face up to five years in prison, fines up to $20,000 or both.

To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at (225) 326-6210.

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