The federal government has accused southwest Oklahoma City hand surgeon Houshang Seradge of Medicaid and Medicare fraud and is seeking more than $40 million in damages from the surgeon, his associates and family members.
The government's civil lawsuit accuses Seradge and his associates of filing more than 6,400 false Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE/CHAMPUS claims totaling more than $2.6 million.
The Whistleblowers/relators are being accused of being former disgruntled employees. The suit became public on April 19th after the federal government decided to intervene in the case.
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•Billing the government for anesthesia services that were not provided.
•Submitting claims for assisting in surgeries, when those services were not provided.
•Billing for occupational therapy services that were not provided or improperly billed.
•Submitting claims for anesthesia that was not provided or improperly billed, and routinely billing for anesthesia in increments greater than necessary and proper.
•Billing the government for suture removals after previously having charged for those same services..
•Billing for pin removal and other services from physician assistant Winfred Parker, even though Seradge did not provide direct supervision as required by law.
•Improperly billing for evaluation services provided by a physician assistant without Dr. Seradge having seen the patient first, as required by law.