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Docs Who Accepted Kickbacks Filed $93 Million in Liens

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 4496 | 0 | 0 min read

More than 15,000 liens with a total claimed value of $93.8 million have been filed under the names of providers who admitted to accepting kickbacks for referring workers' compensation patients for spinal surgeries at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, according to a WorkCompCentral analysis of public records. The majority of the liens were filed under the name Sobol Orthopedic Medical Group, which is owned by Dr. Philip Sobol, 61. A WorkCompCentral search of data in the Electronic Adjudication Management System found 13,766 liens filed under the company's name since 2005, with a total cl...

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James Tangorre Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Victim, Sorry to hear about your interaction with this mess. Hopfully, you are doing great and no complications from that unnecessary fusion. I am going through somewhat the same thing in workers' comp by fraud by the insurance carrier Guard Insurance and their defense attorneys, Stockton, Barker & Mead. I'm in need of medical care and Guard refuses to provide and pay for it although they have been ordered by the court. Good luck in the future with your condition and have a Merry Christmas. Sal

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Rhonda Wofford Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

I'm sorry if your surgery was not needed; however, these doctors have entered pleas on ciminal indictments and will have some sort of criminal punishment for their bad acts.

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Thomas Hall Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Was your claim admitted or denied by the Insurance carrier adjuster? If admitted did the Insurance carrier authorize the surgery? Who told you you did not need the sugery? In most cases their are MRI / Xrays etc to prove the surgery was warranted. I understand how you feel as I was Denied treatment b y my Insurance carrier and was told I will receive conservitive treatment and that lasted for almost 1 year and no improvement. Come to find out I needed surgery. Hope the suregry went well and you get better sooner than later.

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John Kamin Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Will the Medical Board revoke their licenses to practice? They should.

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Kurt Hoffman Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

The insurance companies are sticklers when it comes to authorizing surgery. If they authorized it...the orthopedic surgeons reviewing the request for authorization concurred with your surgeons request. Therefore, your not a victim. You may be unhappy with the results. Nevertheless, rest assured the carriers used every loop hole to deny it, but failed to find one.

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Matthew Kearl Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

since WCC was able to filter the various lien filings can they all now be summarily dismissed with prejudice?

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Kurt Hoffman Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Hello Mr./Mrs. Concerned... The doctors have millions in liens that have nothing to do with this scandal. Only the liens involved in the criminal charges are at issue. No liens will be summarily dismissed.

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Kurt Hoffman Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

If you made one big mistake ..do you think you should burn in hell forever? These are great surgeons with previously spotless records.

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Christopher Lear Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Great surgeons with previously spotless records? Just because they never got caught before doesn't make them saints Dr. Oz. It just means they never got caught before. Once they do get caught they are often made into an example, and rightly so. Burning in hell forever is in Gods hands. Taking away their medical license is the State's job. Still, I know how furiously the CMA fights to keep doctors licenses. I've known doctors who have lost their license in one State and simply pop up later in another State. Strangely, attorneys are not allowed to do the same thing. The State Bar in every State requires you to disclose your prior conduct and a disbarment in State #1 will inevitably prevent you from acquiring a license in State #2. Why is it that doctors are not held to the same standard? Does anyone truly believe that the issues they're dealing with are less important that what an attorney handles? They are literally dealing with life and death decisions. Oh well. When you are a group are not despised (as attorneys are) and have a lot of money to throw at politicians, I guess you can get pretty much whatever you want.

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Anne Bazel Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Dart, You are talking non-sense. When doctor get their licenses taken away in one State, they can't simply turn around and get it in another. If they conceal having disciplined, they are breaking the law.

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Kurt Hoffman Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Sadly, Mr. Equalized... some of those doctors will in the eyes of GOD Almighty have previously perfect records. One mistake should not destroy ones life. The criminal justice system was designed to rehabilitate not to destroy. Therefore, 1st offenders should be given a break, rightly so. Sin no more from the mouth of Christ.

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Mary Huckabaa Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Dr. Oz: This was not one mistake. This was a well thought out, devious scandal at the risk of the health of the very patients these doctors made an oath to "do no harm". This scheme took place over years. This was not "oops, I didn't know I couldn't accept a referral fee". This was negotiated, covered up and kept silent for years. I believe that if these doctors are pleading guilty, they will take the punishment that is warranted.

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Michael Carmenita Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

You cannot dismiss "all" the liens, there's a little known clause in the United States Constitution called "due process"

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