Canyon County doctor arrested for making false claims to Medicaid
A Canyon County psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Applebaum, was ordered to pay $93,556.26 for making false claims.
According to his charges, from 2004 through part of 2009, Dr. Applebaum submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for undocumented and ineligible services.
The Idaho State Board of Medicine revoked Dr. Applebaum's license to practice medicine in May 2011. On August 10, 2011, a Canyon County jury convicted Dr. Applebaum of obstruction of investigation and provider fraud regarding false claims for other services. He has been in the custody of the Idaho Department of Corrections since November 21, 2011.
In Idaho, the federal government funds approximately 70% of all Medicaid money. Making a false claim to Medicaid is no different than making a false claim to the federal government for federal money.