Corporate Compliance

FL physician faces charges linked to unnecessary cancer surgery

Compliance Monitor, April 20, 2005

A Sarasota, FL, physician was charged with $3.2 million in healthcare fraud after turning himself in to answer charges of unnecessary skin cancer surgery, the Miami Herald reported April 12.

Over an eight-year stretch, Michael Rosin, MD, defrauded the Medicare system through his solo practice by conducting the surgeries based on false biopsy reoprts and medical histories, the Herald reported. Prosecutors entered an indictment listing 50 patients--25 of whom received surgery based on false diagnoses from 2000 to 2004, and 25 others whose Medicare claims falsely stated their procedures were medically necessary.

In some of the cases, slides retained to prove that the procedures were medically necessary not only contained no cancer cells, but had no human tissue, according to prosecutors.

Rosin was released on $100,000 bail and faces a possible 10-year prison sentence, according to the Herald. "This case shows a clear violation of the public's trust and puts an unfair burden on America's taxpayers and vulnerable patients," Daniel R. Levinson, HHS acting inspector general, said in statement.

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