Connecticut dentist pays $149K to settle improper billing allegations

A Connecticut dentist must pay $149,000 in a settlement related to claims he submitted to the state's Medicaid program for administering anesthesia to patients after his permit had expired, according to an Aug. 7 release from Connecticut Attorney General William Tong.

On Jan. 31, 2018, the state health department sent Ean James, DMD, a notice alerting him that his dental anesthesia/conscious sedation permit would expire April 30, 2018. Dr. James then had a 90-day grace period after the expiration date to renew the permit, but didn't apply to reinstate the permit until April 30, 2019.

Dr. James allegedly continued to administer general anesthesia and sedation to Medicaid patients and continued to submit claims to the Connecticut Medicaid Program, even with a void permit.

"Dr. James is now in compliance with his permit requirements," said Deidre Gifford, MD, commissioner of the Department of Social Services and acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health.

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