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Dr. David Morrow to Speak to Cedar Sinai Medical Center Hospitalist Group

March 2, 2017

Physician-to-Physician Initiative to Deter Health Care Fraud
Dr. David Morrow to Speak to Cedar Sinai Medical Center Hospitalist Group about
Health Care Fraud and the Consequences of Medical Billing Fraud 

David Morrow, MD has been invited to address one of the largest Hospitalist* Medical Groups at Cedars Sinai Medical Center** in Los Angeles, California, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Dr. Morrow presentation will initiate a new direct peer-to-peer fraud deterrence advocacy program. On Thursday, Dr. Morrow will meet with 25 hospitalist physicians who all practice at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, along with some of the social workers and pharmacists with whom they work, for a candid dialogue regarding the perils of health care fraud, especially as it relates to medical record documentation and insurance billing.

Dr. Morrow’s presentation will incorporate information about appropriate medical record documentation and insurance billing, emphasizing the expectation of strict adherence to regulations and the very serious consequences of violating those standards. In part, Dr. Morrow’s goal will be to help physicians understand that even seemingly “trivial” or “minor” omissions, modifications, exaggerations or any other nonfactual representation of a clinical situation is in fact a criminal act.

The most poignant aspect of this peer-to-peer dialogue will be hearing directly from Dr. Morrow, a once well respected and admired specialist, regarding his own violation of the law and the devastating professional and personal consequences of his criminal actions. Dr. Morrow’s mission is to create a deterrent by changing the perspective individual physicians hold about fraud from the abstract and theoretical consequences to the real and tangible.

Dr. Morrow’s presentation to this prestigious Hospitalist group is an important part of the physician-to-physician fraud deterrence advocacy he has taken upon himself. In the coming weeks and months, Dr. Morrow hopes to dialogue with many individual physicians, medical groups and hospital medical staffs, throughout Southern California to create deterrence of witting and unwitting medical billing fraud through peer-to-peer discourse and education.

*Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is specifically on medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, coordinating patient care between other treating specialists, teaching, research, and leadership related to hospital medicine.”

**Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a non-profit, tertiary 958-bed hospital and multi-specialty academic health science center located in Los Angeles, California, and is ranked as one of the top medical centers in the United States: #3 in the Western United States and #13 in America.  In addition to excellent patient care, Cedars-Sinai focuses on biomedical research and technologically advanced medical education—based on an interdisciplinary collaboration between physicians and clinical researchers. The facility has research centers covering cardiovascular, genetics, gene therapy, gastroenterology, neuroscience, immunology, surgery, organ transplantation, stem cells, biomedical imaging and cancer—with more than 800 research projects underway. Certified as a level I trauma center for adults and pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai trauma-related services range from prevention to rehabilitation and are provided in concert with the hospital's Department of Surgery. Cedars-Sinai is affiliated with the California Heart Center, University of Southern California and David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).