Washington Releases Statement on Disciplinary Action Taken Against Physicians Engaging in Fraud

The Washington State Department of Health has taken various disciplinary actions against healthcare providers who engaged in criminal activity — including fraud — or has withdrawn charges against them, according to a news release.

Healthcare providers in Washington who were found guilty of criminal behavior — such as fraudulent billing for services not rendered, practicing medicine without medical licenses and unprofessional conduct — received differing penalties. Some individuals' disciplinary actions are still pending. The news release has broken up the disciplinary actions taken against each provider by county. Physicians found guilty of committing fraud include:

•    Jason C. Schroeder from Chelan County, who was found guilty of billing for services not rendered among other indictments. Dr. Schroeder will have his license monitored for three years.

•    David M. Vokes from Clark County, who was charged with allegedly using a false social security number to receive registration. Disciplinary actions are pending.

•    Jayne E. Helle from Spokane County, who was charged with unprofessional conduct and allegedly practicing as a hypnotherapist without a license from 1998-2007. Disciplinary actions are pending.

Read the Washington State Department of Health's news release about provider disciplinary action.

Read other coverage about physician fraud:

- Prosecutors Seeks Life Sentence for Kansas Family Practitioner, Wife for Healthcare Fraud, False Prescriptions, Other Allegations

- Illinois Pediatrician Gets 3 Years Probation for Falsely Billing Health Insurance Companies for Free Vaccines Provided by CDC

- Florida Board of Medicine Comes Down Hard on Pain Physicians Guilty of Fraud

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