September 16, 1997 |
"I gave the working people a service for a price they couldn't get elsewhere." --Edgar Rudolph "Painless" Parker, a controversial California dentist from early this century. * By all accounts, "Painless" Parker, who set up shop in Los Angeles in the early 1900s, was a real piece of dental work. Sporting a beaver-skin hat and a necklace strung with extracted incisors, Parker used traveling circuses, newspaper jingles and jugglers to promote business.
August 13, 1997 |
Here's another one for the file on Western Dental Services Inc. In a suit filed last month in Orange County Superior Court, an orthodontist has accused the controversial Garden Grove-based operator of dental offices of wrongfully firing him for refusing to participate in insurance fraud. Guy W. Mendivil, hired in February 1995 as an orthodontist in the company's Oceanside office, was promoted the following August to a management post, according to his suit.
July 1, 1997 |
Avoiding potentially harsher actions, Western Dental Services agreed Monday to pay $1.7 million in penalties, take corrective action and allow outside monitoring of its business activities to settle state charges that the company operated a "low-quality dental mill" that performed "shoddy, dangerous" patient care. The settlement allows the Garden Grove-based company's current management and its controversial owners, retired dentist Robert Beauchamp Jr.
June 25, 1997 |
Western Dental Services, facing a state lawsuit over alleged shoddy patient care and a federal criminal probe of alleged insurance fraud, accused California regulators Tuesday of violating their own procedures and conducting a witch hunt. Western, the state's biggest dental HMO, said the California Department of Corporations set a "secret higher standard" to "make Western look bad" during a survey that resulted in a report highly critical of Western's operations.
June 7, 1997 |
California's largest dental HMO, already under state investigation for allegedly "shoddy" patient care, is now the focus of a federal criminal probe into insurance-fraud allegations made by former employees of Western Dental Services. About a dozen investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office raided two Western Dental clinics Friday morning in the Sacramento area and hauled out boxes of medical records sought under court order.
May 17, 1997 |
In a scathing review of one of California's largest dental HMOs, state regulators Friday accused Western Dental Services of providing "shoddy, dangerous" medical care and showing a "contemptuous disregard" for patients, many of whom are poor or speak little English. "While this type of assembly line operation may be perfectly acceptable in the meatpacking industry, it has absolutely no place in the practice of dentistry," a lawsuit by the state Department of Corporations declares.