Dearborn Doctor Suspended for Health Care Fraud

Fitzgerald Anthony Hudson, 53, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for lying about his qualifications to practice medicine.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
A physician from Dearborn had his license to practice medicine in Michigan suspended this week, following his felony conviction for Health Care Fraud last year.

Fitzgerald Anthony Hudson, 53, was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years supervised release, on June 3, 2013. Hudson was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $227,548.35, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs reported.

The conviction was based on him lying about his qualifications to practice medicine, which resulted in Hudson being granted privileges at Jones Memorial Hospital in New York, and him receiving payments from benefits programs including Medicare and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued the order to immediately suspend Hudson's medical license on Jan. 2.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within LARA, go to www.michigan.gov/healthlicense.

Lee Jacobsen January 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Mojo, while relating some items to 'Obamacare' for humor's sake is a stretch, in this case, the facts are pretty blatant. The ingredients, a doctor, lax controls on govt. healthcare payments, and a Rochester, MI doctor who scammed the same system in MI for 20 plus million doing the same thing recently in less than 2 years does show some problems, and who is going to pay for those problems? The taxpayers..... Now for Obamacare humor "The Obama White House website still says if you like your health plan, you can keep it. That's false, of course. The president says they're trying to correct it, but his website people can't seem to log on." –Jay Leno "The Obama administration asks Hollywood to work positive mentions of ObamaCare into its TV shows and movies. So AMCs new zombie drama is titled: “The Walking Dead But Not Due to Preexisting Conditions.” –Conan O'Brien "President Obama's approval rating is down to 39 percent. And Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack cocaine, went up to 49 percent. How does this make Obama feel? He'd be better off smoking crack than passing Obamacare." –Jay Leno "According to CBS News, only six people enrolled in Obamacare on the first day of the rollout. Six! That means more people have walked on the moon than have signed up for Obamacare." –Jay Leno"For years President Obama has been saying that no one would lose their healthcare plan. Now the White House has admitted that in fact many people will lose their plans. But there is a way to keep the great coverage you have. Just become a member of Congress. Then the taxpayers pay for the whole thing." –Jay Leno "According to a new report, more than 700 fake Obamacare websites have been created. Security experts say it's simple to identify the phony sites because they are easy to log on to." –Jay Leno "The White House approved an exemption in Obamacare coverage for Congress and members of their staff. Members complained that the Affordable Care Act will cost them thousands extra a year in premiums. Wait a minute. It's their bill. If it's too expensive, why did they name it the Affordable Care Act?" –Jay Leno "President Obama told a group of school children that broccoli was his favorite food, and they believed him. Then he told them Obamacare would reduce the deficit and the kids all busted out laughing." –Jay Leno "I could not wait to start using my Obamacare. Today, I swallowed a fist full of birth control pills and then washed it down with poison. What do I care, it’s free?" –Bill Maher Jay Leno's take on humor will be missed, less than 2 months, and he is history.....
James January 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM
The problem with blaming this on Obamacare is that the fraud and even the sentencing happened before the majority of Obamacare was enacted.
Lee Jacobsen January 10, 2014 at 03:52 PM
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, was passed in the senate on December 24, 2009, and passed in the house on March 21, 2010. It was signed into law by President Obama on March 23rd, 2010. That was almost 3 years ago, plenty of time to cause mischief while Obamacare was getting its act together.
James January 10, 2014 at 04:24 PM
If the fraud was committed in that time frame, but it wasn't: "As a result of the defendant’s false application for medical staff appointment, Hudson was granted privileges at Jones Memorial Hospital in Emergency Medicine. Between August 2008 and November 2009, the defendant worked as a physician at the Emergency Department at Jones Memorial Hospital, and based on that work, payments totaling approximately $227,548.35 were received from Medicare, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Univera Healthcare, and Independent Health for services rendered by the defendant." This paragraph also answers your initial question of how long it would take to amass $227,000 via healthcare fraud...
Lee Jacobsen January 10, 2014 at 05:09 PM
James, thanks for the clarification on the time frame, 14 months to steal 227,000 prox, figuring a 5 day workweek, around $1000 per day, and that is , as you point out, without Obamacare. Let's be optimistic and assume that Obamacare works flawlessly, will the fraud stop? Unfortunately, optimisum and reality don't have good outcomes with govt programs such as Obamacare, but time will tell all..... aren't the Vet hospitals govt run? We can get a glimpse of the future of govt run healthcare directly from them, which should be top-of- the-line as they take care of our Vets etc. who should have the very best.


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