I can no longer sit back and be silent about this situation. The abuse my family and I have been subject to over the last year is unwarranted and incredible.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Dr. Richard Malouf, with the filing of a request for a Temporary Restraining Order (Dallas County Court at Law #3 case no. CC-12-06268-C) against Dallas TV station WFAA, its reporter Byron Harris, Belo Corporation and Dallas real estate blogger Candice Evans on October 17th and its granting on October 19th, has served notice that he will no longer sit back and be silent. He is taking action about the barrage of alleged false and unsubstantiated allegations against himself and his professional reputation that has been directed at many other Texas Medicaid orthodontic providers as well (WFAA, 8 Oct 2012, Water Park Takes Shape in Backyard of Dentist Who Owes Millions). Malouf was the owner, up until 2010, of the 51 office All Smiles dental clinics across Texas.
"I can no longer sit back and be silent about this situation. The abuse my family and I have been subject to over the last year is unwarranted and incredible. And it is time that I told my side of the story and exposed what is going on. We have done some tremendous good work for communities across Texas and done nothing wrong,” stated an outraged Dr. Malouf.
"All Smiles, starting in 2005, provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in free dental care to rural areas of Texas through a set of five mobile dental clinics that were paid for and maintained by All Smiles. These mobile units consisted of a 53' semi-trailer and four recreational vehicles that had been entirely converted into full dental clinics, capable of any dental treatment necessary. Approximately 5,000 Texas children were treated whether they had CHIP or Medicaid or nothing at all through these mobile clinics. Also, during the Katrina disaster, All Smiles took in over a hundred patients for dental care that had left Louisiana, in an effort to help those in need. Although All Smiles had been told they would be reimbursed by Texas for the services, they never were and the practice ended up providing tens of thousands of dollars in free care," said Malouf.
“In relation to media allegations about my practice,” continued Dr. Malouf, “I would like to outline the following:"
“1. The fact that we built up a reputable group practice to encompass 51 offices and employ nearly 400 Texans is a Texas success story, not something to be ashamed of. We had a robust compliance program. We did things right."
“2. The sale of the All Smiles was in fact the sale of two corporate entities – the dentist professional corporation and the management services company. Contrary to media reports, a dentist purchased the professional corporation and is totally legal under Texas law."
“3. Before the company was sold, the company records were audited by two national audit firms as part of the due diligence for the sale. They performed comprehensive and searching investigations and audits of all our corporate activities and billing. Does anybody reasonably think that it would have been purchased if the auditors performing their due diligence had found any evidence of alleged fraud or alleged attempts to take advantage of Medicaid?"
“4. In every case that All Smiles placed braces on a Medicaid recipient, the cases were pre-approved by the Texas Medicaid and Health Partnership, the private contractor overseeing Texas Medicaid for the Health and Human Services Commission. If people don't like the system, change it but don't blame us for following the rules. The state is trying to retroactively change the rules and it is not right. All Smiles, and countless other orthodontists across the State, relied on the pre-authorization provided by the State prior to providing treatment. In order to obtain the pre-approvals, orthodontists submitted x-rays, photographs, study models (until 2008 when the State requested they not be provided) and cephalographic measurements of the child's mouth. If the State believed that the child did not need braces, they were provided more than sufficient information to make that determination. Once again, All Smiles did not place braces on any child and seek reimbursement for the services unless they obtained pre-approval based on the information submitted."
“With the TRO, I am changing things around. I feel that as a Texan and a successful Texan at that, that I can no longer sit back and be silent about these things in the court of public opinion. So I wish to serve notice that I will no longer be quiet about these matters nor sit on my hands,” he concluded.