Miami Beach ‘Rock Doc’ Charged with Submitting False Medicare Claims By Tod Aronovitz | 10/11/13 | 0 Comment

The music has officially stopped for Miami Beach’s “Rock Doc”—Christopher Gregory Wayne.  Known for his flamboyant style and rocker hair-do, the osteopathic physician, 53, has been ordered to remain in a Miami federal detention center while he awaits his trial for 12 counts of Medicare fraud.  Wayne pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Wayne is accused of allegedly filing almost $5 million in false claims to Medicare for purported physical therapy treatments at his former Miami clinic.  According to federal prosecutor Eric Morales, the Rock Doc received almost $1.7 million from the Medicare program from December 2007 through August 2009.  During that time, almost 500 physical therapy sessions per day were charged to Medicare—a mathematical impossibility, Morales pointed out at Wayne’s bail hearing.

Wayne’s attorney argued against the charge showing that the actual false claims his client submitted for treatment was for a limited number of patients, and they totaled a meager $230 for therapies like 15-minute massages ($25), electrical stimulations ($20), and ultrasounds ($15).

However, the indictment also disclosed that Rock Doc Wayne has demonstrated recurring exploitation by “falsely and fraudulently representing that these treatments and services were medically necessary and had been provided to Medicare beneficiaries,” according to an article in the Miami Herald on October 3.

Because Wayne faces up to eight years in prison, recently filed for bankruptcy, and frequently travels out of the country, he is considered a flight risk and was denied bond by Magistrate Judge Barry Garber.

According to a Wall Street Journal profile published in December 2010, Wayne opened his Pine Tree Island home for Playboy productions and has been photographed with celebrities including Paris Hilton and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

How to Report Miami Medicare Fraud

Healthcare or medical billing employees who have inside knowledge of questionable Medicare billing practices can file a confidential legal claim under the False Claims Act. By acting as a “whistleblower” in what is known as a “qui tam” lawsuit, a private party may collect between 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered, depending on how the case is prosecuted.

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The Miami Qui Tam law firm of ARONOVITZ LAW routinely works with Miami whistleblowers to document Medicare fraud and other forms of fraud against the government. Contact Miami Whistleblower / Qui Tam lawyer Tod Aronovitz to discuss a case.