DR. MOUHAB Z. RIZKALLAH – SAVES THE MASSHEALTH ORTHODONTIC PROGRAM
President, Medicaid Orthodontists of Massachusetts Association
MOMA LAWSUIT #2 (2017 – 2020): STEPHANIE E. & MOMA Versus BAKER
This lawsuit was filed after Mr. Russell Leino (Attorney for MassHealth) created regulations that would illegally force doctors to bill “prospectively.” MassHealth declared that doctors must start billing forward for treatments that they had not occurred yet. Not only was this nonsensical and constituted fraud, it also complicated billing so much so that doctors started leaving the program due to having no software to work with the strange billing. In reality, Mr. Leino was trying to shut down MassHealth orthodontics by trying to get all doctors to quit serving MassHealth patients.
But MOMA sued and filed a complaint against Mr. Russell Leino with the Governor.
The policy was reversed under an “emergency reversal” order, as shown in the link below. at https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/02/16/den-99.pdf
Mr. Russell Leino was not terminated, and has instead retaliated by attacking MOMA leadership personally using his governmental legal position.
Through this successful lawsuit, Dr. Mouhab Z. Rizkallah, as President of MOMA, saved the MassHealth Orthodontic Program for the second time.
See more of Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah’s advocacy at: https://masshealth-orthodontists.org/litigations/