BHM443 – Legal Aspects of Health Care

Dr. Robert stokes practiced medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a licensed board-certified dermatologist. He was investigated by federal agents in 2001 for billing medical insurers for more expensive procedures than those he had actually performed. Incriminating malpractices were revealed by these investigations. Stoke billed simple and light surgery procedures as if they were full and complicated surgeries which were more costly. Stokes also often billed patients for office visits and surgical procedures on the same day. This is a practice that is normally prohibited by insurers. The investigations’ results guided the jury to indict stokes with multiple counts of defrauding the government of more than two million dollars. (As cited in Green, 2010, p. 1). Dr. Stokes also re-used medical equipment including scalpels, sutures, syringes and many others with no or insufficient sanitization.

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