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Doctor Sentenced Over False Medicare Billing

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DENVER (AP) – A doctor accused of submitting false bills for reimbursement from Colorado’s Medicaid program and Medicare has been ordered to serve 200 hours of public service, plus two years of supervised probation.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Tuesday that Tatyana Datkhaeva pleaded guilty in Denver District Court to felony theft and misdemeanor theft. She received a deferred judgment on the felony count.

In addition to being ordered to serve probation and perform public service, she must pay more than $44,000 in restitution. She also agreed to pay a fine of more than $33,000 to the Colorado Medicaid program.

Suthers says she performed cold laser therapy on patients but instead claimed to have rendered physical therapy services. Physical therapy is covered for Medicaid and Medicare recipients, but cold laser therapy isn’t.

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