Psych Crime Reporter

June 22, 2012

Florida psychologist Maria Rodriguez-Dowling excluded from Medicaid; state seeks to discipline

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 10:18 pm

According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, psychologist Maria Rodriguez-Dowling, of Coleman, Florida, was excluded from participation in federally funded health care program.

This means she may not deliver mental health services to patients enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, etc. nor submit claims for reimbursement nor received reimbursement from these programs.

The reason given is that Rodriguez-Dowling was convicted of a crime substantially related to the Medicaid-Medicare program. On or about August 31, 2011, in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, Rodriguez-Dowling pled guilty to and was adjudicated guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of making a false statement.

On May 24, 2012, the Florida Board of Psychology issued an accusation against Rodriguez-Dowling, relative to her conviction, seeking to suspend or revoke her license.

Source: Exclusions database entry for Maria Rodriguez-Dowling, website of the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and License Verification from Florida Department of Health website, ww2.doh.state.fl.us, accessed 4/12/12.

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  1. Doctor Maria Rodriguez Dowling has been my Psycologist for more than three years. I can honestly say that every time I left her office I felt very good about myself even though my life is permeated with so many physical and mental problems caused by a horrible illness. My Doctor could not be more Loving,honest,sincere,and a warm feeling of protective towards me. I am an educated individual. I have a masters degree and I graduated with the highest honors. It is completely out of character for This Doctor to do anything dishonest or illegal. I do not believe This Doctor has any knowledge of any dishonestly that transpired. I do know that This Doctor has had people working for her that would handle the payments and insurance while This Doctor spent DAYS AND HOURS showing LOVE AND PROPER CARE TO ALL OF HER PATIENCE. Thats the kind of person she is. Something is very wrong here. I would appreciate the board to take a very careful look at this case and to do the right thing especially for all her patience that will miss her and need her loving guidance and care.

    Comment by Glen Wiener — August 13, 2012 @ 3:38 am | Reply


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