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An orthopedic surgeon who botched and faked thousands of surgeries over a five-year period has pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud.
Dr. Spyros Panos, who practiced medicine in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., changed his plea from not guilty to guilty when he appeared in federal court in White Plains, N.Y. last week.
Under a plea arrangement, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and must pay a $250,000 fine. He has also agreed to pay the government $5 million as restitution for false and overstated Medicare and Medicaid charges.
Panos was freed on bail and will be sentenced in March next year.
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“I willingly and knowingly executed a scheme to defraud the health care benefit programs by causing my medical practice, Mid-Hudson Medical Group in Dutchess County, New York, to submit bills to insurance providers that included inaccurate billing codes in order to obtain higher insurance payments than that would have been paid for the procedures I actually performed,” Panos read aloud from a written statement in court after entering his plea.
According to court transcripts, by pleading guilty, Panos admitted to making false representations of the medical services he performed. For example, Panos claimed he performed various techniques and procedures during surgeries when in fact he did not, either because they weren’t medically necessary or because they would have resulted in reduced payments from insurance providers.
The charges stated that from 2007 through 2011 Panos reported performing “thousands of surgical procedures, often as many as 20 or more in a single day,” included many which were never carried out. Panos and his former medical group submitted claims in excess of $35 million to health care providers.
The federal government claimed that as part of his scheme to defraud insurance providers, he routinely saw up to 90 patients in a single office day, charging insurance carriers an additional $3.5 million in claims during that time period, court records show.
Panos was joined in court by his wife, mother and two brothers. He showed no emotion as he read his plea and statement. But after his guilty admission he turned to his family and began sobbing.
John T. Wisell
November 8th, 2013
An orthopedic surgeon accused of botching or faking hundreds of surgeries surrendered today and was charged with one count of healthcare fraud.
Dr. Spyros Panos, who worked in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was arrested this morning at the federal court in White Plains, N.Y. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charge and was released on $100,000 bail.
It’s not clear from court documents how much jail time Panos could face if convicted, if any, but the charge carries a fine up to $5 million. Read More
An orthopedic surgeon accused of faking operations surrendered his medical license voluntarily Monday and has admitted to guilt in some of the cases against him, according to New York State court documents.
Dr. Spyros Panos, who formerly worked for the Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., surrendered his license to practice medicine in New York this week following charges of medical misconduct. Panos faced at least 250 counts brought by the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct involving fraud and negligence between 2007 and 2011, the court order showed. Read More
John T. Wisell
September 6th, 2013
Our office learned that on Monday, August 26, 2013, Spyros Panos, M.D. surrendered his license to practice medicine in the State of New York. The surrender is effective September 3, 2013.
John T. Wisell
August 29th, 2013
Morgenthaler said if you’ve done your homework, getting a second opinion isn’t always necessary for routine procedures but he stressed that patients need to take responsibility for their own medical care by carefully reviewing medical records and asking questions until they are confident they understand test results and diagnosis. Patients should red flag any discrepancies between a condition and the surgeon’s recommendation before proceeding. Read more here…
John T. Wisell
July 29th, 2013
Wisell & McGee is experienced in litigating medical malpractice cases against Spyros Panos, M.D. and his employer Mid Hudson Medical Group. If you think you were the victim of medical malpractice by Spyros Panos, M.D., call our office at (718) 544-0041.
Wisell & McGee initially represented plaintiffs in two separate medical malpractice cases against Dutchess County orthopedic surgeon, Spyros Panos, M.D..
Wisell & McGee now represent 98 medical malpractice cases against Spyros Panos, M.D. Here are three recent articles from the Poughkeepsie Journal on with the latest news on these cases. Click on the titles to view articles.
JT Wisell and Nancy McGee represented a client in a medical malpractice case on Long Island against a doctor alleged to have performed an unnecessary tonsillectomy. During the trial, the plaintiff’s father was improperly contacted by a juror who offered to engineer a verdict in plaintiff’s favor, for a percentage share of the verdict. Wisell reported the improper contact to the District Attorney, the juror was arrested and the case ended in a mistrial.
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