Doctor Pleads Guilty To Working The System For Money

A doctor in the east has pleaded guilty to working the system for Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.

Fifty-year-old Janet Johnson-Hunter of Jacksonville pleaded guilty in Federal Court. From January 2002, to August 2005, Johnson-Hunter instructed employees to conceal material facts in an effort to maximize the likelihood of reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, specifically for ambulance transports.

Officials say Johnson-Hunter bilked $400,000 out of the system in three and a half years.

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  • by janet Location: vanceboro on Dec 11, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    if the insurance companies would stop paying all the outrageous claims doctors and hospitals submit maybe maybe our health system would not be so out of control they are allowed to charge anything they want has anyone ever seen a poor doctor? recently had a minor skin cancer removed and was charged 3000.00 for approx 1 hours work would'nt we all like to make that kind of money per hour
  • by Blk Man Location: Eastern N.C. on Dec 11, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    Why the white collar criminals picture are'nt shown as often or at all? Had that cop killer been another color his picture would've been all over the media.
  • by Bill Location: gboro on Dec 11, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    DB- Im glad if you havent seen what I described in your practice, but it happens plenty. There are 6 RNs and a nurse anesthesist in my immediate family and we all acknowledge seeing such cheating regularly and that covers Goldsboro, Kinston, Greenville and Duke. Recently I went for wisdom tooth removal, the surgeon was called away due to an ED trauma so my surgery was cancelled. 5 weeks later came the bill for 468.00 for surgery I didnt have, I did turn his office in, no word so far on the investigation but I surely have my teeth still
  • by Bill Location: gboro on Dec 11, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    Duck: why do that? for the money of course. If you added up all the time a doc says they are seeing patients in a day- there arent that many hours in a day. The docs take credit for seeing you and 3 others at the same time, I see it every day. I see docs dictate " spoke with the patient and guardian, reviewed medication, checked surgical wound etc" when in fact they had a nurse check the vital signs, told the patient " you are fine see you in 3 weeks" Saw that just today, about 6-7 times. As far as what can be done? Well a brave stupid nurse could report them but remember doctors go before the medical board for discipline- and its made up of other doctors doing the same thing, so it would be career suicide for nothing at all. Remember our state med board licensed a doctor with full licensure and no restrictions, who is a convicted admitted felon little girl molester so that about says it all.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    They all cheat the system... but join the club... what do you think lawyers do? Do you think they abide by the system? Do you think banks abide by the system? Just like we hardly ever travel the speed limit.. everyone will break the law when no ones watching.
  • by Duck Location: Greenville on Dec 11, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    This comment is for Bill. I would like to know if anything could be done concerning this matter. Because if they are cheating the system (quote, unquote), they need to be arrested. It makes no sense. Why do that?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    Bill- I am self pay and have read my records, and I wondered who the doctor was writing about. It happens regardsless, they give false reports so it looks like they are working. 4 moths after my Grammy died, the got a bill from the doctor for an office visit, but she was already dead 4 months before the date of the office visit, yes we turned the doctor into medicare.
  • by DB Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    Guess what bill. That doesnt happen very often and if it does the doctor is still getting paid for what they do. Medicaid pays 50-65 cents on the dollar for billed services. I can guarantee if someone comes in wiht paying insurance or self pay that does not happen in a good practice and would not likely happen regardless. Or maybe the docs are better outside of gboro.
  • by Bill Location: gboro on Dec 11, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    I am an RN and have worked in a couple of practices and 2 hospitals over a 20 year period. Obviously I have worked with alot of doctors, and closely with a select few. Guess what all of them cheat. Thats right they all cheat the system. Sit in on a doctor patient exam,, THEN listen to the doctor dictate the exam. You will be like " what? that didnt happen? you didnt really do that." The docs spend a minute with you then bill medicare or caid as if they sat with you an hour and examined you head to toe. It is sickening as a person and as a txpayer, but they all do it. If there is an exception I have never seen him or her. Try this: after your next office visit ask for your medical records and compare the doctors notation of how long he/she spent with you and what they did to what the doctors version of the exam is from his notes. You will be wondering what patient he was examining , cause it will sound nothing like what he did for you.
  • by db Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    These are the guys that should be sent away forever. If we want to eliminate health care cost for the failing medicare and medicaide system weed out the patients and doctors who cheat. The govt says it will get 200 bilion by doing that- werent we suppoosed to be doing it all along.
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