Salisbury Periodontist To Pay $340K In Damages

SALISBURY — Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler last week announced the state had reached an with a Salisbury periodontist requiring him to pay $340,000 in civil damages to Medicaid for making false claims to the insurance provider.
Gansler announced the state’s agreement with Stewart Perim, D.D.S., of Salisbury, requires him to repay the Medicaid program $340,000 in civil damages for making false claims over a period of about five years.
The investigation showed Perim, a board-certified periodontist who specializes in orthodontics, billed the Medicaid program for services that were not rendered including bite adjustments, fillings and appointments for office visits.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General conducted a five-year investigation into Perim’s practice in Salisbury after inconsistencies were revealed. The investigation conducted by the MFCU included numerous interviews with Perim’s former patients and staff as well as consultations with a variety of dental experts.
Under the terms of the settlement, Perim will no longer be a provider in the Maryland Medicaid program as of Jan. 1, 2014.
“The outcome of this lengthy investigation was worth the wait for Maryland taxpayers,” said Gansler. “Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will hold accountable medical professionals who try to cheat the system.”