Dentist owes MassHeath $500k following investigation: 5 observations

Annie Watson, DDS, of Gentle Smiles in Springfield, Mass., will pay MassHealth $500,000 after reaching a settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey's office, according to Western Mass News.

Here are five observations:

1. Dr. Watson was accused of improperly billing MassHealth for palliative care between March 2010 and June 2013.

2. MassHealth requested a referral which led the state's Attorney General office to open an investigation.

3. Dr. Watson was a top biller of the palliative care code among MassHealth dental providers, according to billing data.

4. The investigation also found Dr. Watson was not including supporting documentation when billing for palliative care, which is required.

5. Dr. Watson and her employees will also have to review and comply with all applicable state and federal statues and all regulations governing participation in MassHealth.

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