A Nashville-based provider of Medicaid pediatric dental services has agreed to pay the federal government $24 million in a settlement. FORBA is the largest provider of dental care to small children through its Small Smiles clinics. A dental assistant at one of the clinics told a local television station she had been fired for complaining about a bonus system with daily financial goals that she believed provided incentives for unnecessary procedures for more Medicaid money.
Many times, the unnecessary procedures involved treatments similar to root canals in which children had to be restrained on papoose boards while the procedure was done. Other times, children would have caps installed that were not medically indicated. Parents were often told that they couldn’t be back in the treatment areas at these clinics because of HIPPA laws. The majority of dentists in the United States will not treat pediatric Medicaid patients, so FORBA was treating these patients exclusively.
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