April 20, 2012

Doctor Pleads Guilty in Drug Scheme but Pays Higher Price

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An emergency room physician will suffer a more painful consequence than jail time in a drug conspiracy case.

 

David James Jacoby, 63, will have to deal with the death of his son, 24-year-old Brandon Dale Jacoby. The case reminds providers that fraud can have penalties beyond just financial losses.

 

David Jacoby, a physician at the Hospital at Westlake Medical Center in West Lake Hills, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances April 12, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in western Texas.

 

From December 2009 through January 2011, the doctor and others used invalid and fraudulent prescriptions to obtain drugs, such as hydrocodone, then would share the controlled substances once prescriptions were filled, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

 

He did not conduct physical exams and prescribed the drugs despite indications that the recipients were abusing the medications, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated.

 

The Texas Medical Board, in suspending Jacoby's license, alleged Jacoby supplied the drugs to family members and his son's associates knowing he and his son would receive some of the pills, according to the board's website.

 

Brandon Jacoby died from multiple drug toxicity and had drugs including hydrocodone in his system when he died, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated. Police found under his bed prescription pill bottles, the majority of which had labels indicating they were prescribed by Dr. Jacoby to Brandon's friends and one family member, the Texas Medical Board's website stated.

 

 

Connolly Posts Issues for Hospitals, Physicians

 

Region C recovery auditor (RAC) Connolly posted eight issues between April 9 and 16 for inpatient hospitals, outpatient hospitals and physicians.

 

The inpatient issues revolve around diseases and disorders of the nervous system and of the eye. The outpatient issues include evaluation and management services and discontinued procedures. The physician issues also target evaluation and management services and colony stimulating factors. For more, see the chart below.

 

DOWNLOAD RAC ISSUES

 

About the Author

 

Karen Long is the compliance product manager for DecisionHealth and oversees products that relate to fraud and abuse and HIPAA compliance for physician offices and home health agencies, and accreditation compliance for hospitals. In her almost four years at DecisionHealth, Karen also has been the compliance editor and a reporter for Home Health Line, nation's leading independent authority on home healthcare business, regulation and reimbursement.

 

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KLong@decisionhealth.com

 

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