PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Prosecutors say a mental health therapist in Clackamas County sometimes spent only minutes with some clients but billed the state for much longer sessions, using the free time for hours of online shopping and social media.
Another Cascadia therapist raised concerns about the billing practices of 32-year-old Adrienne Leigh Isgrigg, leading to an investigation and charges of making false claims for health care claims, The Oregonian (https://is.gd/Bsz4II) reported.
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare found that Isgrigg frequently billed for hour-long sessions that lasted less than 30 minutes and half-hour sessions that lasted less than 15 minutes, according to an affidavit filed by a state prosecutor.
The co-worker reported seeing clients go into the Isgrigg’s office and leave after a few minutes, the affidavit said.
“One teammate timed one client’s visit at 86 seconds and was appalled,” it said.
Cascadia found that Isgrigg “used the Internet for personal use for up to four to almost five hours a day,” the affidavit said.
The investigation uncovered more than 200 instances of questionable billing, it said.
Isgrigg worked in a clinic in Milwaukie.
Her attorney, Sara Werboff, said in a court filing that Isgrigg “provided excellent care for many patients and did not knowingly or intentionally falsify her progress notes for any.”
The defense has subpoenaed emails she sent and other records to show she asked for help using the nonprofit’s billing system.
Isgrigg started at Cascadia in February 2012 and was fired in September 2013.
The affidavit came from an Oregon Department of Justice prosecutor, Melissa Chureau.
It said a state Medicaid Fraud Unit investigation confirmed Cascadia’s findings.
Chureau would not disclose how much the state believes it was overcharged.
A trial date is to be set in January.
Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com
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