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Medicare Fraud

Sarasota, FL: (May-15-08) A federal lawsuit was brought against Michael A. Rosin, a former Sarasota dermatologist, alleging that he performed unnecessary surgeries on hundreds of elderly patients. The suit was filed after a whistleblower complaint brought by Ellen Murray, a former patient who underwent eight surgeries before she reported Rosin to the government. Federal officials stated that whistleblowers are entitled to 15 to 25% of the judgment if they meet certain criteria.

Court papers show that former Rosin office manager Carolyn Ferrara joined Murray in filing the 2004 lawsuit, which was sealed until the government intervened and took over the case in 2007. Ferrara testified as a key witness, that the doctor once diagnosed cancer in a piece of bubble gum that had been placed on a slide after a patient's biopsy was lost. Rosin was charged with performing surgeries on 865 seniors from the Sarasota area even though biopsy slides seized from his office showed no sign of cancer or were in such poor condition they could not be read. The suit claimed that Rosin diagnosed cancer on nearly every patient who came into his office, and almost always removed four layers of skin during surgeries, which allowed him to bill Medicare higher amounts.

As part of a settlement reached in the case, the dermatologist agreed to pay $11 million to the federal government for Medicare fraud. Records indicate that Rosin was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison in March 2006. [HERALD TRIBUNE: FORMER DOCTOR TO REPAY $11 MILLION]

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Published on May-20-08


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