The following is an excerpt from MedPage Today.
An orthopedic surgeon was sentenced to 7 years in prison after he was accused of administering excessive and medically unnecessary x-rays to healthy patients, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee.
Gary Wisner, MD, who practiced in Lodi, ordered medically unjustifiable x-rays for 10 patients from 2012 to 2016. The scans were then improperly billed to both Medicare and Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
"Gary Wisner used both his patients and state resources to line his own pockets," said California Attorney General Rob Bonta in a statement. "Due to his dishonest behavior, patients at his clinic had to undergo unnecessary medical tests so he could steal from the state's Medi-Cal funds."
Wisner administered x-rays to his patients even during routine office visits, and he scanned multiple parts of the body even if their condition did not merit it, the investigators found.
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