The Government Rests Its Case Against Forest Park

After a morning session on Wednesday, the government rested its case against Forest Park Medical Center. They allege that the for-profit, physician-owned medical center located near Forest Lane and Central Expressway conducted a bribery scheme where it sent payments to doctors to direct surgeries to their facility, resulting in around $200 million in insurance payments between 2009 and 2013. What began as 21 defendants has been whittled down to a weight-loss surgeon, three back surgeons, a pain management doctor, a former top executive and three others affiliated with the hospital, according to the Texas Lawbook. They all deny any wrongdoing,… Full Story

North Texas Hospital CEO Pleads Guilty to Millions in Fraud

Former Palo Pinto General Hospital CEO Harris Brooks pleaded guilty to defrauding BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, CIGNA Texas, and United Healthcare for millions of dollars, according to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox. An FBI investigation revealed that Brooks and his co-conspirators used the hospital’s in-network contracts with the insurance companies to defraud them for laboratory services from September 2017 to June 2018. They used a process called pass-through billing, where a physician orders a service but that physician does not actually complete the service for which he or she billed. They submitted claims for allergy… Full Story

Forest Park Founder Says They “Didn’t Hide Expectations” for $40 Million in Kickbacks

Forest Park Medical Center co-founder Wade Barker testified that the organization “didn’t hide expectations” from doctors and staff that the $40 million they received was for steering surgeries to the hospital, according to Law 360. Barker, a bariatric surgeon who pleaded guilty last fall, said that the payments were to get surgeons to operate at their facility, and that he knew what he was doing was illegal. Law 360 reports that Barker will be sentenced to 60-77 months in federal prison for the kickback scheme. Barker was the seventh of the 21 indicted individuals to plead guilty to being a part… Full Story

The Forest Park Fraud Trial Begins This Week

Ten defendants go on trial Wednesday in the Forest Park Medical Center trial, which involved $40 million dollars in kickbacks to doctors according to a federal indictment. A total of 21 people were indicted in 2016, though several have already pled guilty. The remaining defendants have denied wrongdoing. Dallas is already one of the most expensive places to receive healthcare, and it is also becoming a popular place for medical fraud. With $200 million at stake, 150 witnesses, accusations of helicopter purchases, and defendants claiming to have followed legal advice, the trial promises to be an interesting one. Form Matt… Full Story

D CEO Healthcare’s Top Read Stories of 2018

D CEO Healthcare has some of the most loyal readers in North Texas. The region’s thriving and growing medical industry provides ample fodder for great stories, ranging from looks into innovative life-altering technology to scandal-plagued medical professionals. As 2018 draws to a close, we wanted to give our readers a look back at the most read online stories written in 2018. They range from a sexist doctor running his mouth in a medical journal to the Baylor Scott and White CEO sharing his thoughts on the future of healthcare. Happy reading! 1. “Gary Tigges Resigns From Leadership Roles at Texas… Full Story