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Missouri doctor, nurse plead guilty to Medicaid fraud

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Posted at 4:33 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 17:33:47-04

LADUE, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County doctor and nurse practitioner are awaiting sentencing after admitting they billed Medicaid for doctor visits when the doctor was out of the country.

Dr. Brij Vaid, of Ladue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of making a false claim. His trial was set to begin Wednesday. Fifty-nine-year-old nurse practitioner Donna Waldo, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty last week.

Vaid, 58, admitted that St. Louis Internal Medicine billed Medicare for treating a patient in 2015 when he was out of the country. Waldo admitted billing Medicaid in 2014 after seeing a patient as if Vaid were supervising her when he was again out of the country.

Prosecutors said the practice was about to bill 15% more for an office visit with a doctor.