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Based in the Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care™ • Thoracoabdominal Aneurysms


• Acute Type A and B Dissections • Penetrating Aortic Ulcers • Intramural Hematoma


, the Thoracic Aortic


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Fraud Unit, and Chris Davis, associate commissioner for fraud at TDI, to re- view the department’s procedures for handling civil and criminal complaints. They explained to TMA’s general counsel that they consult in-house experts and insurance company investigators in the rare event the department looks into a health care fraud case. They said they don’t consult with independent certified coders and wouldn’t commit to doing so in the future, according to TMA Vice President and General Counsel Donald P. Wilcox.


Contacted by Texas Medicine, Aetna


Director of Communications for Texas Anjie Coplin said, “The billing issue Aetna had with Dr. Jabboury was re- solved pursuant to a confidential settle- ment agreement between Aetna and Dr. Jabboury. We have no comment on the action that the State of Texas brought against Dr. Jabboury.”


Lessons learned Mr. Androphy says physicians can learn a valuable lesson from Dr. Jabboury’s experience. “In this instance, the civil attorneys


did their job, but Dr. Jabboury should have consulted criminal counsel, as well. Any time a physician has an issue with an insurance company over the way he or she billed, I’d strongly advise obtain- ing the services of criminal counsel,” he said. Mr. Androphy says Dr. Jabboury may


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have avoided trouble if he had hired a criminal attorney during the civil settle- ment process because a criminal attor- ney “can add certain language in the release that would make it difficult for the other party to bring criminal charges against the physician.” Houston attorney Sarah Frazier, who also represented Dr. Jabboury at trial,


Legal articles in Texas Medicine are intended to help physicians understand the law by providing legal information on selected topics. These articles are published with the understanding that TMA is not engaged in providing legal advice. When dealing with specific legal matters, readers should seek assistance from their attorneys.


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