Doctor to pay $300,000 to settle billing claim
A Towson obstetrician-gynecologist has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle allegations that he submitted false claims for federal health benefits, the U.S. attorney for Maryland announced yesterday.
Dr. David C. McCarus, 55, was accused in a complaint filed by the federal government of falsely billing Medicare, the Federal Health Employees Health Benefits Program and TRICARE from 2000 to 2004 for services that were not covered, including treatment of such cosmetic conditions as varicose veins, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
The complaint also included allegations that McCarus falsely diagnosed patients with reimbursable medical conditions to make it appear as if treatment of the cosmetic conditions was covered and that he billed for the treatment of cosmetic conditions that were not medically necessary, the U.S. attorney's office said.
McCarus filed an answer in the case denying the allegations, and there have been no findings of fraud by the court. In addition to agreeing to pay the federal government to settle the claim, McCarus has agreed to monitoring to ensure the integrity of claims he submits to federal health care programs, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Bicyclist dies in traffic accident
A bicyclist died after he was struck by a car when he swerved into oncoming traffic in Owings Mills, Baltimore County police said yesterday.
William Biggs, 51, of the 13800 block of Hanover Pike in Reisterstown was riding his bike south on Owings Mills Boulevard near Crondall Lane about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday when he traveled into a northbound lane of traffic, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman.
Biggs was struck by a 1993 Volvo and died at the scene, Hill said.
The driver of the car, Elizabeth Wells, 22, of the 9400 block of Fitzharding Lane in Owings Mills, was taken to Sinai Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. No charges have been filed, and the investigation continues, county police said.
Brief lockdown at Carver Center
The Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson was briefly placed on lockdown yesterday after police received a report of shots possibly being fired outside the school, but investigators believe a nail gun at a nearby construction site or youngsters throwing firecrackers from a passing car was the source of the sound, a spokesman said.
Police received the report at 11:19 a.m., and determined that a work crew was using a nail set gun with .22-caliber cartridges at about that time, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman. Also, another person reported seeing youngsters throwing firecrackers from a car, he said.
The lockdown at the school, in the 900 block of York Road, was lifted shortly before noon, Hill said.
Sierra Club to hold workshops
The Greater Baltimore Group of the Sierra Club and Community & Environmental Defense Services, a consulting company that works with communities concerned about environmental or development-related issues, are holding five workshops in June for residents about the 2008 Baltimore County Comprehensive Zoning Map Process.
Requests to change zoning designations are accepted September through November in the county. The county council will vote on the changes next year.
Sessions will be held June 7 at 910 Maplehurst Lane in Monkton; June 12 at the Reisterstown library, 21 Cockeys Mill Road; June 14 at the Cockeysville library, 9833 Greenside Drive; June 18 at the Catonsville library, 1100 Frederick Road; and June 27 at the Rosedale library, 6105 Kenwood Ave. All workshops begin at 7 p.m.
Seating is limited. Register by calling 410-654-3021 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: www.ceds.org/bcmd.
Advocates sought for children
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Baltimore County is seeking volunteers to serve as advocates and mentors for abused and neglected children in foster care.
A training session is being planned for next week. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, complete 30 hours of training and undergo a background check. Information: 410-828-0515 or www.casaofbaltimorecounty.org.
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