HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney
General George Jepsen has announced Dr. Jesus Villegas and his pediatric
dental practices – Fairfield Pediatric Dentistry LLC in Milford and Haven
Pediatric Dentistry LLC in West Haven – will pay $1,367,466 to resolve
allegations of violating sate laws.
According to Jepsen, Villegas allowed select dental
assistants not certified by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to take X-rays of his Medicaid patients. This led to alleged false claims being submitted
"Medicaid providers have a legal responsibility to
ensure that they are in compliance with all material laws and regulations when
they submit claims for services to the Medicaid program, and Medicaid patients
are entitled to the highest standard of care for their dental services,"
Jepsen noted that to take X-rays, dental assistants must be
DANB certified, as mandated by state law. He stated his office will add
compliance requirements to ensure Villegas adheres to the Medicaid program
in the future.
“I am grateful to our partners in this investigation,
especially the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office, the federal agents of the
OIG/OI and the state Department of Social Services Office of Quality Assurance,
for their coordination and work in this case, and for the continued cooperation
between agencies, both state and federal, as we work to protect our public
health care programs,” Jepsen said.