| Crime |

Doctor Accused of $375 Million Medicare Fraud Decides He Won't Practice Medicine Anymore

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

You might remember Dr. Jacques Roy. Back in February, the feds fingered him as the leader of one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes in history, alleging that he bilked the federal government of nearly $375 million.

To recap: Between 2005 and 2011, Roy referred more than 11,000 individual patients for home health services, which was more than any other medical practice in the United States. The crack team at the Department of Health and Human Services, "using sophisticated data analysis," determined that since this was 500 times the rate of referral of the average physician, something was fishy.

So it was. According to the indictment, Roy used home health agencies to recruit patients. Roy's company, Medistat, would then bill Medicare for home visits and medical services that were either unnecessary or never happened. One of his associates allegedly trolled for patients at The Bridge.

All of which is a roundabout way of letting you know that you can now just call him Mr. Roy. The Texas Medical Board announced Friday (though it only appeared in my inbox today) that Roy permanently surrendered his medical license "in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings regarding allegations he failed to meet the standard of care for two patients and violation of state and federal law."

It's just as well, since the license won't of much use at Seagoville's Federal Correctional Institution, where Roy awaits a November cro,oma; trial.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.