ATLANTA (AP) - An alternative medicine specialist has admitted
improperly billing for hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments that
authorities say yielded her clinic more than $1 million dollars
from insurance companies and Medicare.
Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say 46-year-old Chaunsay Beckwith
of Tucker pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of health care fraud.
Beckwith was indicted on 35 counts by a federal grand jury Dec. 16.
She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when
sentenced June 18 by U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob.
Hyperbaric chambers infuse patients with pure oxygen under
elevated pressure. U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said there are
legitimate medical uses, but Beckwith used false diagnosis codes to
make claims eligible for benefits.