This story is a bit of an eye opener with the doctor even having devoted time in traveling to Haiti. He has entered a plea bargain and at his age it looks like prison is where he will spend the rest of his life. As you can read below he was a director at a well known Medical Center in Orange County and back in November of 2009 they just opened their new State of the Art Outpatient facility. The article states that the hospital facility had nothing to do with his fraudulent activities and that they all related to his private practice.
Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center State of the Art Outpatient Facility Opens in Fountain Valley, CA
Of course he stands to lose his license as well, but being in jail will not leave any if little ability to practice. He has publicly admitted he’s ashamed of his activities and plans to pay everyone back. We always think of fraud being a less than desirable type of person that we can recognize, but this is not always the case. As far as patients go I also wonder if they will have any recourse here with legal areas since they either did not receive them or received a different less expensive medication. I would guess the less expensive medications could have been generics to a degree and did help the patients, but when it went off to bill, the higher priced name brand was included on the claim.
Just an odd side note here, the doctor’s last name just happens to be “Justice”. When rated by HealthGrades he has a 5 Star rating as I saw on the website today and that may change soon. This is actually kind of sad as it appears that the lure of fraud with his own decision making processes is removing him both from serving patients and giving a not so bright end of a successful career. BD
A prominent Orange County cancer doctor has agreed to plead guilty to charges of defrauding Medicare and other insurers of up to $1 million for injectable cancer medications that never were provided, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Dr. Glen R. Justice was director of the cancer center at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley until he retired April 9, hospital spokeswoman Debra Culver said. He also recently left his position as head of Pacific Coast Hematology/Oncology Medical Group.
Justice, 65, of Corona del Mar was charged Wednesday with five counts of health care fraud.
According to the plea agreement, he defrauded federally funded and private health insurers from 2004 to 2009, including Medicare, Blue Shield and Blue Cross. Justice billed for providing injectable cancer medications, but patients never received them or they received less-expensive drugs, according to the agreement.
Justice became president of the American Cancer Society's Orange County Regional Council in 2000. Cancer society officials could not be reached for comment.