Medicare Fraud in Oncology – The Farid Fata Case

Breathtaking case from Michigan, the “Doctor” Farid Fata case.

Per CNN Dr. Fata, “pleaded guilty to 13 counts of Medicare fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay or receive kickbacks and two counts of money laundering….one of the worse cases of medical malpractice in US history”. CNN also reported that prosecutors said, “Some 553 patients received medically unnecessary infusions or injections”. On July 10, 2015 it was reported on Medscape that, “The excessive and unnecessary treatment, which went beyond chemotherapy, was part of a massive criminal scheme that netted $17 million from Medicare and private insurers, according to federal prosecutors. It encompassed Dr. Fata’s oncology practice and its seven locations in suburban Detroit, a pharmacy, a diagnostic testing center, and a radiation treatment center he owned; and a sham charity he founded”.

Dr. Fata was sentenced to 45 years in jail.

Comments: MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

  • Have not read the court transcript, but plan to.
  • Response of American Society of Clinical Onocology (ASCO)?
  • Response of American Society of Hematology (ASH)?
  • Response of Memorial-Sloan Kettering?
  • Response of LARA? (state-run Department of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs); per investerhub.advn.com LARA reportedly cleared Fata of any wrongdoing in May 2011 after complaint filed in May 2010. I have not independently reviewed the complaint.
  • Response of other physicians in the practice?
  • Response of oncology nurses administering the drugs?
  • Is his wife being prosecuted?
  • Did all of the other health care professionals, who could have or should have known what was happening, get a legal free pass?
  • What is responsibility of his medical school, and the institutions he trained at?
  • As reported in the Detroit News, how is it that oncology nurse, Angela Swantek (who was only applying for a job there), came forward to report wrongdoing before anyone else?
  • IT IS MY OPINION BASED THAT IF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING ANGELA SWANTEK IS CORRECT, THAT SHE SHOULD RECEIVE A SPECIAL AWARD OF RECOGNITION FROM ASCO AND ASH.
  • ASCO, ASH, ASTRO SHOULD HAVE MANDATORY MEETINGS AND SET SOME STANDARDS FOR FINANCIAL AND MEDICAL ETHICS AT THEIR ANNUAL MEETINGS AND SHOUILD BE A MANDATORY PART OF MEDICAL SCHOOL AND POST-GRADUATE TRAINING.
  • IT IS A REALITY THAT MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES ARE GROSSLY UNDER-REPORTED FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS INCLUDING LEGAL EXPOSURE FOR THE WHISTLEBLOWER. THE CONSEQUENCES FOR A FEDERAL WHISTLEBLOWER IN A CASE THAT HAS A NEGATIVE OUTCOME FOR THE PROSECUTION (OR FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROSECUTE) COULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF FINANCIAL/PROFESSIONAL/LEGAL SUICIDE.
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13 July 2015, 19:24
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