Tennessee Psychologist Donald McCoy Arrested on Fraud Charges

December 17, 2018

A Murfreesboro psychologist was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of health care fraud, according to a news release issued Monday by the Department of Justice.

Donald M. McCoy, 52, was a licensed psychologist and an authorized TennCare provider who led individual psychotherapy and family psychotherapy sessions with patients — often minors in the care of the Department of Children's Services.

According to the release, between January 2014 and December 7, 2018, McCoy billed for more hours of services than can physically be provided in any given day and received over $2.16 million from TennCare based on those claims.

An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation determined that McCoy submitted claims for services that totaled more than 24 hours per day, with some even exceeding 48 and 72 hours per day, the release says. McCoy also billed for services performed on more than 200 weekends and major federal holidays and with patients in DCS custody that never occurred, according to the TBI.

If convicted, McCoy faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine on each count.

Source: “Murfreesboro psychologist Donald McCoy facing federal health care fraud charges,” Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, December 17, 2018, URL: https://www.dnj.com/story/news/2018/12/17/murfreesboro-psychologist-donald-mccoy-facing-federal-health-care-fraud-charges/2338512002/


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