Dermatologist charged with Medicaid fraud

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last Friday announced that his Health Care Fraud Division has charged Dr. Usha Sood, 72, owner and operator of Harper Dermatology in Roseville, with five counts of Medicaid Fraud – False Claim for billing Medicaid for services that were not performed.

“I hope this case serves as a reminder to others in the medical community that violating the law comes with consequences,” said Schuette. “My Health Care Fraud Division works hard every day to enforce the law and eliminate false claims from unscrupulous healthcare providers.”

Sood was arraigned last Thursday Feb. 1, before Ingham County 54B District Court Judge Andrea Larkin. A personal recognizance bond of $250,000 was set and Sood must also surrender her passport. Sood’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 9.

An investigation began after a tip was received to the Health Care Fraud Hotline. It is alleged that since 2014, Sood has hired two nurse practitioners (NP) and five physician’s assistants (PA) who all allegedly left due to Sood’s billing practices.

It is alleged that every NP and PA had to submit their patient file to Sood for her review prior to billing. Sood then allegedly added notes in some files indicating services were provided that were not. A review alleges that acne surgery and injections were the two most common procedures added to the billing sheets.

A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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