Podiatrist David Quang Pham, DPM, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple felony fraud charges in connection with false billing to Medicare and Medicaid. The charges include one felony count of healthcare fraud, 20 felony counts of making false statements concerning a healthcare benefit program, and one felony count of obstruction of a criminal investigation of healthcare offenses. According to the indictment, Pham’s misconduct included submitting reimbursement claims for treating the feet of patients whose feet had been amputated prior to the dates of service. He faces a maximum of 150 years in prison and/or several million dollars in fines.
Pham, 49, is a participating Medicare and Medicaid provider who maintains an office in St. Louis. He was indicted for submitting false claims and medical records to Medicare and Missouri HealthNet (Medicaid) for services that he provided from 2002 through 2008 to patients at nursing homes and residences for older adults.
The indictment alleges that Pham created treatment notes to reflect services that he had not provided and produced these treatment notes to Medicare and to agents of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General during the course of their investigation.