June 22, 2006

Action Underscores State Board's Zero Tolerance Policy On Insurance Fraud

As part of its ongoing effort to attack insurance fraud in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Board of Chiropractors and Board of Allied Health have initiated separate disciplinary proceedings against six chiropractors and two physical therapists for allegations of insurance fraud involving improper billing and/or over-utilization of treatment. Each licensee has been given formal notification of the charges. Until a hearing commences and a decision is rendered, these chiropractors and physical therapists may continue to practice.

"This action shows our zero tolerance for insurance fraud in Massachusetts," said George K. Weber, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure (DPL). "The filing of these cases supports the board's steadfast mission to protect consumers and not tolerate fraud in this arena."

The following chiropractors and physical therapists, who currently practice or previously practiced at the referenced clinics, must file formal responses to charges of fraudulent practice that include improper billing and/or over-utilization of treatment, within twenty-one days.

  • Beverly: Mager Chiropractic
    Deborah Mager, D.C., of Beverly, MA
  • Lowell: Pine Street Chiropractic & Rehab
    Charles Yazijian, D.C., of Lowell, MA
  • Lynn: Lynn Pain & Injury Center
    William Dodge, D.C., of Revere, MA
  • Malden: Future Health
    Kristine Holmberg, D.C., of Brookline, MA
  • Sunderland: Deerfield Family Chiropractic
    Allison Glass, D.C., of Sunderland, MA
  • Swansea: Mount Hope Health Center
    Norbert Labine, D.C., of Swansea, MA
  • Chelsea: Chelsea Park Physical Therapy
    Mark Rozman, P.T., of Framingham, MA
  • Dorchester: Pain Free, Inc.
    Reginaldo Osuji, P.T., of Hyde Park, MA

In Fiscal Year 2005, the Office of Prosecutions of the Division of Professional Licensure successfully prosecuted 21 professionals for insurance fraud. Discipline of these individuals ranged from license revocation to license probation. During calendar year 2005, the Health Care Fraud Unit, based on complaints from insurance companies and the Insurance Fraud Bureau, initiated more than 100 cases.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 29 boards of registration.