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Medicaid Fraud: The Effect On North Carolina's Injured Workers

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

A Monroe doctor has agreed to pay nearly $1 million dollars to the N.C. Medicaid program for defrauding Medicaid. According to authorities, Dr. Millicent Francis-Lane submitted requests to Medicaid for reimbursements for procedures she actually didn't perform between 2003 and 2009. Dr. Francis-Lane's settlement is a result of the U.S. Attorney for Charlotte and the Western District of North Carolina's pursuit to uphold the False Claims Act, a program intended to protect Medicaid and other programs from fraud.

Defrauding Medicaid and other health care programs presents a growing obstacle to the public's access to health care. These health care programs are taxpayer funded, meaning their resources are not infinite. Furthermore, a large amount of people rely on the services provided by these health care programs. As fraud increases, their resources deplete, meaning the programs cannot meet the need for their services. In other words, the availability of these health care programs decrease, the services they provide decrease, and the public's access to health care and quality services further decrease.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice

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