Why your dentist may be a fraudster
Posted September 21, 2018 06:07:56 You may have heard that the U.S. dental industry is at an all-time low.
According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, more than 50 percent of American dentists are currently under investigation for alleged fraud.
But how could this be?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of fraudsters in the U, including dentists, is at its lowest level in a decade.
According, to a report released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, “in 2014, the number was at its highest level since 2005.”
But why are dentists at a particularly low point?
And what do you do if you’re the victim of fraud?
Let’s get into it.
Dental fraud has become a major problem.
According the FBI, “more than half of all Americans believe that they or a family member have been defrauded by a dental professional.”
While the number is much lower than the number for all other occupations, dentists still face significant challenges.
Many of these include: a lack of oversight, an inability to report and prosecute cases, and a lack or lack of transparency regarding the number and type of dentists who engage in fraud.
Some experts believe that dentists have a hard time meeting the demands of the growing population.
According a study conducted by The University of Texas, “at least one-third of dentistry professionals in the United States work less than 50 hours per week, are paid less than $25,000 annually, and do not have health insurance.”
The report states that the shortage of qualified dental professionals, lack of insurance coverage, and lack of training are among the main reasons why the dentists that are available are not working.
Some dentists say they have been fired for engaging in unethical practices.
“The most common reason for being fired is for participating in unethical dental practices that were not approved by the state or federal government,” said Dr. Paul M. McInnis, a dentist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“Some dentists simply have an attitude of wanting to make money and not care about their patients.”
Some dentologists also have poor medical training.
“There is a lack in the medical knowledge that dentistry needs to care for the public health and protect the dental health of our community,” Dr. McIndoe said.
In addition, some dentists do not believe in the need for the profession, which has become increasingly focused on profit.
“A lack of quality education and experience is a major factor in dentistry’s demise,” said McInnes.
“We are at a point where the dentistry industry is becoming less and less professional,” McInns said.
DENTISTS ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION Dental health care in the US has been under investigation since the 1990s, but it is not uncommon for a dental fraud case to go unreported for years.
According an article published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the incidence of dental fraud in the USA has declined by almost half in the last ten years, but that rate of decline has been largely due to better detection.
According NIDDR, dentistry is a high-risk occupation for fraud, and the incidence rate for dental fraud varies from state to state.
According that, in 2014, 3,843 dentists were reported to be involved in fraudulent dental practices.
Of those, 3.3 percent of them were charged with fraud.
According McInnaes, the rate of reported dental fraud is “only half what it was ten years ago, and that is because the quality of reporting is decreasing.”
In 2015, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM), which is part of the Centers of Disease Control, launched a national task force to address the growing dentistry fraud problem.
NCAM is working to develop a “public health strategy” to reduce the amount of fraudulent dentistry practices, but the task force’s report recommends that dentist practices should be audited annually.
According NCAM, a single report can uncover thousands of dentist’s fraud.
“Most states have laws that require dentists to report dentistry practice-related fraud,” said NCAM Director, Dr. David E. Brown, MD.
“Dentistry practices are not the only industries where fraud is rampant.”
Brown said dentists should be held accountable for their practices.
According Brown, dentist are not required to follow a standardized procedure for reporting any fraudulent practice.
Instead, dentistas should “be held accountable” for their “behavior, including the way they handle clients,” Brown said.
Dentists should also be held to account for not reporting any practice- related fraud to the state, and should “use the reporting tools that they have, including written and electronic records,” Brown added.
The task force recommends that all states establish and implement “a registry” to track and report any dental fraud that occurs.
Brown said, “I think dentists