Doctor ‘flooding streets with pills’
Near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania the former medical director of a skilled nursing facility has confessed in court that he sent patients to a terminal care center who were not terminally ill. He said he did this so he could steal money from Medicare with fraudulent medical bills.
Doctor Oliver Herndon from the city of Peters, was the medical director for Horizons Hospice. At the time of his arrest and trial, he was already serving an 11-year prison term for illegal drug dealing. He was convicted for prescribing thousands of doses of narcotics. He was found to be one of the most prolific “pill mill” physicians in the nation, stealing upwards of $400,000 from taxpayer-funded Medicare.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar, Herndon and others placed patients in terminal care status during a 5-year period that started in 2008, even though they were not in fact dying at all. He then submitted false insurance claims for that unnecessary – and extremely frightening – care.
Horizons Hospice operates facilities in Monroeville, Harrisburg and Altoona, in Western Pennsylvania.
This was the second time Herndon has confessed to felonies in a federal courtroom. This fellow was a one-man clinical crime wave.
In 2012, the wayward MD pleaded guilty to prescribing more than 15,000 narcotic tablets to people with no medical need for them. Of course he got paid for each one – just like the street dealers do.
Here’s more on this lab coat lunatic:
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Doctor Oliver Herndon, age 43, is a graduate of Stanford University Medical School. We notice that articles in that fine college newspaper – The Stanford Daily – are devoid of any reference to this particular alumnus. What a shame.
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