Posted by Health News Now on March 14, 2019 08:51:00 A dentist who claims to be an accredited professional is using fake names and bogus credentials to claim to work for a nationwide chain of dental offices, the latest from state and federal regulators.
A dental fraudster has created a fake dental program in the state of New York and a dentist in Ohio, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Infectious Diseases (CDC).
The California dental association, the state’s largest, reported that the fake dental providers have begun offering services in New York.
Dentists in Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and South Dakota have also been caught up in the fraud, according the states attorney general.
In a news release on Monday, the Centers to Prevent Healthcare Fraud reported that dentists in North Dakota and Montana, where the state was founded in 2012, have created programs to enroll patients in fraudulent dental programs.
North Dakota dentist Daniel P. McQuaid, whose name was used on a Facebook page promoting the dental program, was arrested in September, according.
The Facebook page, which was suspended in October, was created by McQuays son and a Florida dental technician named Dan McQuae.
According to the Florida Department of Health, McQuay also ran a similar program in New Jersey.
Mcquaid, who had been employed as a dental technician since 2015, is now being prosecuted by the New York Attorney General for fraud and identity theft.
“The dental profession has a long history of protecting the identities of its patients,” said Michael M. Kors, commissioner of the Centers on the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Fraud.
“But this recent trend has us concerned.
The practice of pretending to be a dentist to receive services, including procedures, is concerning and it must stop.
We have the ability to stop this but not now.”
Dentists have become a popular form of health care, with more than 3.5 million Americans getting dental care in 2018.
A large number of dentists are using fake credentials and social media accounts to scam patients and make patients feel like they are working for a legitimate program, said Sarah E. Rupp, a research associate with the University of California, San Francisco.
Rupsie said the practice of dental fraud is widespread in the dental profession, and she worries about it because dentists have a duty to protect patients.
“Dentists must work to keep patients safe and secure,” Rupsies research associate wrote.
“We have a right to expect our healthcare professionals to take care of our patients and to be held accountable for the care they provide.”