As if it's not bad enough when a doctor tries to fool the government into paying for services that weren't rendered, a Michigan oncologist has been misdiagnosing cancer patients and skimming the difference off the top from the government for over two years. Dr. Farid Fata of Oakland Township, Mich., is accused of giving harmful chemotherapy to patients who were already in remission and misdiagnosing patients so that he could charge Medicare for their treatments.
Fata owns and operates the Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers (MHO), and was arrested in Detroit where he is currently sitting in jail. Federal officials have raided the medical offices and seized medical records to pursue their case.
"Violating a patient's trust and placing them at risk through fraudulent abuse of our nation's health care system is deplorable," Robert D. Folley III, FBI Special Agent in Charge, said in a news release.
Based on the allegations, Fata is accused of some heinous crimes — not only against the government but also against innocent patients.
The complaint read:
“Dr. Fata directed the administration of unnecessary chemotherapy to patients in remission; deliberate misdiagnosis of patients as having cancer to justify unnecessary cancer treatment; administration of chemotherapy to end-of-life patients who will not benefit from the treatment; deliberate misdiagnosis of patients without cancer to justify expensive testing; fabrication of other diagnoses such as anemia and fatigue to justify unnecessary hematology treatments, and distribution of controlled substances to patients without medical necessity or are administered at dangerous levels."
The complaint also details two cases in which Fata directed a patient who had fallen and hit his head to receive chemotherapy before he went to the hospital to treat his head injury. The patient then died of his head injury. Another patient came in with low blood sodium levels, and Fata again gave chemotherapy to the patient before he was sent to the emergency room.
In the end, Fata not only treated patients unnecessarily, but also wasted chemotherapy treatments that could have been used for cancer patients. Recently, there has been a shortage of certain chemotherapy agents, leaving a doctor such as Fata to be nothing short of shocking.