BOSTON (TBEN) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office on Thursday announced new charges in a modified lawsuit against local orthodontist Dr Mouhab Rizkallah, who was previously accused by Healey of keeping children in braces longer than medically necessary “to steal dollars”.
The state attorney general’s office said Thursday that Dr Rizkallah allegedly charged MassHealth patients with missed or canceled appointments, in violation of MassHealth and federal regulations.
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Healey’s office alleges that Dr Rizkallah made MassHealth patients sign a “MassHealth treatment contract,” which required patients to accept a minimum of $ 20 for missed or canceled appointments or for appointments postponed within 24 hours.
The new claims were added to a lawsuit accusing the orthodontist of submitting millions of bogus claims to Mas Health. In addition to keeping children with braces for too long, Dr Rizkallah is also accused of deceptively billing mouthguards.
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The investigation began with a complaint from a patient. Healey’s office alleges that Dr Rizkallah, through two companies, has instituted illegal policies and practices since November 2013.
For his MassHealth patients, who were mostly children, Dr Rizkallah would often have put braces only on their upper teeth, although there was no reason not to put braces on as well. the lower teeth. Healey said this processing time “extended considerably” and increased the amount of money collected from MassHealth.
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Rizkallah owns and operates six orthodontic practices in Massachusetts operating under the name “The Braces Place”. There are locations in Somerville, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell Framingham and Lynn.