An Alaska dentist who became famous after he was seen on a video riding a hoverboard while pulling teeth has been convicted of fraud in Alaska's Medicaid program. Seth Lookhart was convicted on 46 counts Friday, including illegal dental practice, prosecutors said. The judge also convicted his company, Lookinghart Dental LLC, which operates as Clear Creek D Dental, in 40 criminal cases. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine and can carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
This does not include the cost of IV sedation, but the facility must also have sufficient dental equipment to meet a patient's dental care needs, such as dental offices, dental practices and dental practices.
Country doctors and dentists faced further hurdles when RavnAir Group filed for bankruptcy last month to get patients tested in time for limited testing capacity. There was extra time for the procedures and there were procedures that were cancelled because the tests were not carried out on time or patients from the city who had to return within the next day or two of the tests being carried out. Despite the growing financial pressures, many providers do not expect the situation to return to normal within weeks, if at all.
Allen said he had attended emergency appointments but would not resume procedures that require prior testing due to limited availability of tests. Emergencies can start with a basic cleaning that doesn't produce aerosols, but Nielson said many procedures remain in place that can become emergencies later.
Zulkosky said procedures such as colonoscopies and mammograms would be delayed to maintain capacity in the event of an increase, as in the 19 COVID cases. Other facilities rely on couriers to take samples to government labs and then get the results. The Dental Association said the testing window was so restrictive that it could not reach it until Monday.
That means they have to be wiped off by Sunday, "he said, meaning that all the others, except for basic cleaning and orthodontics, are in some sort of holding pattern. Allen said the financial impact is less important to him at the moment than ensuring he treats his patients as well as possible. Oral health is critical in Alaska, Zinc says, but it will be a challenge to normalize a new normal after COVID, especially when it comes to microtroplets that spread the virus.
Clinics and providers can set aside money to smear and send them to a lab, but they can't if they forget about them.
She said the hospital did not expect a flood of procedures to begin this week, but she said people are calling for appointments, and about half say they are coming at the moment. She said she had people calling to make an appointment and Half said they had come in moments before. You are invited to write a letter to the editor or to contact us by e-mail if you wish to communicate with us about a particular article.
In addition to dental services, there will be a limited number of gynecological appointments starting Monday, Zulkosky said. Bradford Allen, owner of Allen Dental Group in Eagle River, said he sees patients coming to clean their teeth to see if they can use a tool to make aerosol so they don't need a negative COVID-19 test in advance. About 85% of the spray can manufacturers, and Allen said he had purchased 90 N95 masks from the Anchorage community and as a dentist he was used to using them to treat people while wearing personal protective clothing.
Powell, who is president of the National Medical Association, has had knee, hip and shoulder surgeries this week. The practice became lucrative for Lookhart, prosecutors said, and in 2016 his practice accounted for more than $1.5 million in revenue for Medicaid and the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services. Since he received an IV sedation license in 2015, prosecutors say, Medicaid has paid him $1.9 million for IV sedation, according to court documents.
Still, Allen said he saw a 90% drop in sales overnight after his practice closed in March. Eight to ten staff had to be discharged, two hygiene workers were taken back to the hospital on Monday and two more on Tuesday.
The Kenai Clinic was contracted to conduct COVID-19 tests, and a courier sent samples to Anchorage for processing. Patients who undergo procedures such as intubation that could break down the virus must forget to test within a 48-hour window. In response to a state order issued in mid-April to allow the surgery - an intensive surgery - the state said it was safe for patients under 18.
Lookhart's office manager Shauna Cranford pleaded guilty to fraud involving medical assistance as part of a plea agreement. Prosecutors say Lookhart also tried to disrupt her partner by billing Medicaid for different provider identifications and sending payments straight home.