Anita Louise Jackson Wiki – Anita Louise Jackson Biography
A doctor has reportedly been found guilty of reusing single-use equipment for sinus surgeries on unsuspecting patients hundreds of times. Anita Louise Jackson ran her Greater Carolina Ear, Nose and Throat business in three offices around the state, where she repurposed unsanitary devices to defraud and mislead her patients.
The 59-year-old otolaryngologist performed more than 1,400 such operations for Medicare patients between 2011 and 2017, reportedly using just 36 devices. Jackson has also been convicted of fabricating medical and health care records, paying illegal wages, mail fraud and conspiracy.
Jackson reportedly faces up to 40 years in prison based on the charges, as well as fines exceeding $250,000. The jury has already ordered the forfeiture of $4,794,039.31 in Medicare fraud, according to the Daily Mail.
Anita Louise Jackson Age
The age of Dr Anita Louise Jackson is 59 years.
Anita Louise Jackson guilty of reusing single-use equipment
The convicted woman allegedly conducted her fraudulent practice in Raleigh, Lumberton and Rockingham, where she used Entellus XprESS, an FDA-approved device designed to perform sinuplasty with balloon, intended to treat chronic sinusitis. It’s worth noting that the FDA has only approved the device for use on one patient, for surgery, before disposal.
However, records obtained by the Justice Department found that Jackson obtained only 36 devices in the years that she performed nearly 1,400 procedures. “This doctor put profits before patients, lured Medicare patients with free ‘nose spas,’ and risked infection in those patients by reusing the same single-use surgical devices on them over and over again,” Michael Easley, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a press release.
“If we allow doctors to rip off Medicare to increase their profits by performing unsupported medical procedures, each and every American taxpayer bears the cost. But the harm is felt most by the victim-patients who deserved better, and senior Americans on Medicare who are entitled to quality care.”
It was also confirmed that Jackson would mislead his patients by not informing them that he was using the “tampered” device, despite having enough resources to purchase them for each patient. “Jackson’s flagrant disregard for the health of his patients has led to his conviction on multiple federal charges,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, she is also accused of using the aforementioned procedures to bill Medicare for more than $46 million. “The FDA continues its commitment to aggressively pursue those who deviate from required standards of use for medical devices,” Special Agent in Charge Justin C Fielder, FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations in Miami, said in a statement. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to protect consumers from potentially dangerous products.”
That being said, Jackson was also convicted of 10 counts of unlawfully coercing her patients into having the procedure by failing to round up other patients. This allowed him to trick unsuspecting patients into what they believed was “free” treatment that they might not need. The perpetrator is also accused of writing off and hiding the full cost of the procedures in the bills that were given to the patients.
“It is disturbing when scammers exploit vulnerable Medicare enrollees and defraud federal health care programs for personal gain,” added Special Agent in Charge Tamala E Miles of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. Meanwhile, the US Attorney’s Office in the Middle District also has a civil action pending against Jackson, according to the Daily Mail.Read More……