Massage Therapist Pleads Guilty, Will Testify Against Barrows

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, May. 5, 2014 12:00 am  

Drs. Robert and Angela Barrow practice at this office in west Little Rock. | (Photo by Jason Burt)

He returned to Arkansas in November 1993 and began practicing medicine as a general practice doctor in Little Rock

Angela Barrow graduated from UAMS in 1989. She completed her residency in family practice at the University of Richmond in Virginia in 1992, according to her deposition taken March 30, 2012. She began practicing medicine in Arkansas in 1994.

In 1997, the Barrows incorporated the name Your Doctor’s Office in Little Rock, according to a filing at the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office.

Neither of the Barrows has had any action taken against them by the Arkansas State Medical Board. But federal prosecutors allege that, starting in September 2005, the Barrows planned a scheme to defraud Medicare and Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

The Allegations

To set the alleged scheme in motion, on Sept. 30, 2005, Robert Barrow signed a contract with the massage therapist, Billy Marc Young, who owned Life-Letics Sports Therapy.

The contract between Life-Letics and Your Doctor’s Office called for Young to lease a small office in the Barrows’ building at 600 Autumn Road.

Life-Letics then would provide “therapy services” on site, according to the indictment. Robert Barrow would refer patients to Life-Letics and the two businesses would share the proceeds, the indictment said.

Soon, Angela Barrow was referring patients to Life-Letics, the indictment alleges.

But before being seen by the therapist, Your Doctor’s Office and Life-Letics employees were told to verify that a prospective patient had insurance coverage and to determine the remaining extent of the benefits.

Young’s services were then billed to insurers using codes for physical therapy even though the Barrows knew that the massage therapist “was neither trained in nor licensed to perform physical therapy,” the indictment said.

To boost business, “the massage therapist was told to waive or reduce patient copayments and deductibles,” the indictment said.

 

 

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