arrest warrant issued for dr. balaklaw

arrest warrant issued for dr. balaklaw

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ANGELUS

Salyersville, KY

#1 Oct 15, 2011
http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Louisa_Ky_...

Louisa, Ky. Anesthesiologist Charged with Fradulently Billing $90,000

FRANKFORT, Ky.(WSAZ)-- An anesthesiologist from Louisa, Ky., who is also the former owner of two eastern Kentucky pain clinics, has been incited by a Lawrence County Grand Jury

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says Lee Adam Balaklaw was indicted on 20 counts of Medicaid fraud following an investigation into his billing practices at Anesthesia Associates of Louisa.

The indictment alleges that Balaklaw intentionally or wantonly submitted fraudulent and false claims to Medicaid by claiming he treated multiple patients using pain treatment injections into the tendon. These types of injections are called trigger point injections.

The charges allege that from January 2007 through July 2010, Balaklaw fraudulently billed $90,000 for the 29 patients.

A warrant has been issued for Balaklaw’s arrest and his bond will be set at $5,000 cash.
WTF

Evansdale, IA

#2 Oct 15, 2011
I don't believe it
Someone

Elkhorn City, KY

#3 Oct 15, 2011
WTF wrote:
I don't believe it
It was on WSAZ last night and is already on CourtNet.
not right

Salyersville, KY

#4 Oct 15, 2011
Something about this isn't right. If he was going to intentionally do this, he'd get a whole lot more than $30,000 a year. That amounts to about $3,000 per patient(29 patients over 3 years). Nope, he'd defraud Medicaid for a gazillion dollars. You'll go to jail for a little amount, just as well as a lot. So this has got to be a mistake by the billing department. I know for a fact that codes can be put down wrong, I had to argue for about 6 months with my insurance company over a wrong code filed by my childs' pediatrician. They finally allowed the doctor to refile. So I know mistakes happen. We must have an overzealous county attorney.
Someone

Elkhorn City, KY

#5 Oct 15, 2011
not right wrote:
Something about this isn't right. If he was going to intentionally do this, he'd get a whole lot more than $30,000 a year. That amounts to about $3,000 per patient(29 patients over 3 years). Nope, he'd defraud Medicaid for a gazillion dollars. You'll go to jail for a little amount, just as well as a lot. So this has got to be a mistake by the billing department. I know for a fact that codes can be put down wrong, I had to argue for about 6 months with my insurance company over a wrong code filed by my childs' pediatrician. They finally allowed the doctor to refile. So I know mistakes happen. We must have an overzealous county attorney.
I am not saying this might not have been some kind of mistake but this case would have been investigated by the Commonwealth's Office not our County Attorney and most likely a Special Prosecutor through the State.
A Friend

Salyersville, KY

#6 Oct 15, 2011
There's no way that this is real... Lee is a straight up fellow. I bet he will be cleared.
yoohoo

Georgetown, KY

#7 Oct 15, 2011
A Friend wrote:
There's no way that this is real... Lee is a straight up fellow. I bet he will be cleared.
Yeah just like carrie j woods and that doctor she woked for she got off free and heard he was gone off somewhere guess he will be cleared with all thet money he stole off of medicaid maybe like that woods person and the doc she worked for hummmmm
fraud

Pikeville, KY

#8 Oct 15, 2011
Someone wrote:
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I am not saying this might not have been some kind of mistake but this case would have been investigated by the Commonwealth's Office not our County Attorney and most likely a Special Prosecutor through the State.
This person would not have been indicted unless they were pretty postive that they had enough proof to convict him of fraud. There is no way of knowing how many medicare patients who were billed for this service who didn't report the "error" to medicare. When my mother was ill I noticed a couple of odd billings for her. They were medical items that I knew she didn't have; but then I am a nurse and recognized what they were. The average lay person might not recognize items or procedures as something out of the ordinary.

Perhaps they need to take a closer look at who was doing his billing and managed his accounts. Maybe they did this and took the money?
F Lee BeetleBailey

United States

#9 Oct 16, 2011
Now it makes a little more sense as to why he abruptly left his practice last month, moved to another state and left his wife here to "take care of things". Rumor was that she would join him later. I do know she did not leave with him because i see her all the time, as recently as yesterday. I think this goes beyond a billing mistake especially when it involves 29 patients over a 3 year period, not to mention the case is being handled and was investigated by the Ky Attorney Generals Office. My 2 cents would guess that the drs abrupt departure had something to do with this case. Perhaps he knew he was being investigated and he had to take care of some things before they lowered the boom on him. Its funny how the government can rob the citizens of ky blind and have immunity from prosecution, yet still have the power to charge a citizen for commiting the same crime (theft) that they commit on a regular basis against the taxpayers of the commonwealth. No matter how its dressed up though, its still the same.
The Informant

Sitka, KY

#10 Oct 16, 2011
I have trouble believing this about Dr Balaklaw and he has been thinking about leaving for a long time now. Never say never but the truth will come out one way or the other. I hope it comes out in his favor. He did not have a revolving door for pill heads he was and is a good guy.
The Informant

Sitka, KY

#11 Oct 16, 2011
As for our fine upstanding County Attorney prosecuting Dr. Balaklaw(LMAO) he has a revolving door for drugs. His conviction rate (I think it was 90%) that he campaigned on (LMAO) consists of plea bargains not convictions. Mr County Attorney you cannot hide anything in Lawrence County not your get away trips, not your personal life and certainly not why your ex wife divorced you and for whom.
For your 411

Paintsville, KY

#12 Oct 17, 2011
Don't speak out of turn when u know nothing of how a doctor's office is ran from behind closed doors!!!
disappointed

Mount Sterling, KY

#13 Oct 17, 2011
I remember Dr. Balaklaw spoke out against drug testing in the schools. always thought that was odd
Someone

Elkhorn City, KY

#14 Oct 18, 2011
disappointed wrote:
I remember Dr. Balaklaw spoke out against drug testing in the schools. always thought that was odd
Not trying to be rude or anything but what Dr. Balaklaw was charged with was not a drug offense and I really don't know why people keep bringing that up. I guess everyone assumes that if a doctor is arrested it automatically must have something to do with drugs. He was arrested for Medicaid fraud and this could stem from an internal billing problem it doesn't even necessarily mean that he even knew about the billing. Most doctors don't, they trust their office personnel to do the right thing. This is not always a good practice but it is what it is.

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