After years of reported neglect going unaddressed, after years of reported fraudulent charges to the government form falsified documentation of treatment, after directing employees to alter information in insurance claims, after adding conditions to patients’ charts whom the doctor had never seen…. After at least three patient deaths as per the records of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. Tariq Mahmood is behind bars.
But for what? For failure to pay property taxes.
This is the result of inadequate, fragmented oversight by Federal and State agencies who lack manpower and authority to track and remedy even overt and long histories of fraud and abuse in the medical industry, despite reports of whistle blowers who are concerned enough to risk their own jobs.
This detailed report from the Dallas Morning News outlines one doctor’s record of such abuse.
Dallas Morning News Article: Patients died amid federal, state regulatory inaction (Subscription required for the full article.)