Massachusetts dentist reaches $7.5K settlement for failing to accept MassHealth patients

A Massachusetts dental practice reached a settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey to resolve allegations that they refused to accept MassHealth members seeking treatment.

The settlement with Brighton, Mass.-based Amity Dental Center and Christina Hsu, DDS, resolves allegations that they turned away, refused to see and/or didn't accept MassHealth members. Instead, the practice and dentist had not notified MassHealth that they reached their maximum capacity of MassHealth members, as required by state law.

An investigation by the attorney general's office found that Amity Dental Center had been refusing to accept new MassHealth patients between Jan. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020.

Under the terms of the settlement, Amity and Dr. Hsu agreed to pay $7,500 and complete 35 hours of free dental services through the Dental Lifeline Network. Amity and Dr. Hsu have also agreed to distribute 250 dental hygiene kits and provide free dental education to local schools.

Under state regulations, if a dental provider has not notified MassHealth of caseload capacity, the provider must continue to accept all MassHealth patients.

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