California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) suspended 21 medical providers from the state’s workers’ compensation system. The total number of providers who have been suspended this year is up to 73 providers.
Assembly Bill 1244 requires the DWC’s Administrative Director to suspend medical providers who are convicted of fraud or are convicted of a crime involving the abuse of the Medi-Cal or Medicare programs, or the workers’ compensation system or a patient of the system. They may also be suspended if their license or certificate to practice has been surrendered or revoked. This bill went into effect on January 1st of this year.
Some physicians on the published list took part in kickback or billing fraud schemes that involved tens of millions of dollars and scores of insurers and patients.
Read the list from the DWC and also note that the Department of Industrial Relation’s updates its list of providers who have been issued notices of suspension or who have been suspended.