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Medicare Fraud:  Allergist Dr. Larry Hardy

Suspended 3 Months and Fined $79,000

Biography:  Dr. Larry Wayne Hardy
Born:1929 FebWeyburn
MD Degree:1954 MayU Toronto
Hospital:RUHSaskatoon
Clinic:Medical ArtsSaskatoon
Retired:2010 DecAge 81
Died:2014 FebAge 85

Dr. Hardy / Obituary

Dr. Hardy / CPSS Profile

Lawyers in the Family

Anne Hardy
816 3rd Ave N, Saskatoon

John Hardy
Merchant Law Group, Saskatoon

Fraud in the Family

Dr. Larry Hardy John Hardy Anne Hardy

The College of Physicians and Surgeons charged Dr. Larry Hardy, an allergist, with six counts of financial fraud involving over 100 patients. The evidence proved that Dr. Hardy:

  • submitted claims for work he didn’t do
  • inflated the fees for allergy tests he did do
  • billed for treating patients when his nurses did the work
  • billed for lucrative referrals which didn’t exist
  • made false claims for second-opinion consultations

Employee: Hardy’s secretary, Janet Martin, was a loyal employee for 5½ years, then she finally blew the whistle. Hardy tried to paint Martin as a disgruntled employee on a fishing trip through his files who was out to get doc.  But the College ruled that Martin had credible evidence.

Witnesses: At the hearing, Martin was the key witness, corroborated by testimony from 46 other doctors and 26 patients. The multi-session hearing was lengthy due to the number of witnesses required to prove Dr. Hardy’s diverse medley of fraud tactics.

CPSS Findings: Charges are evidence are described in the news articles below and in the formal 44-page report. Said College lawyer Brian Salte: Dr. Hardy knowingly ignored the province’s billing rules to boost his income, and tried to squeeze as much money as he could out of the system. Dr. Hardy’s evidence was evasive in the extreme. He wouldn’t admit responsibility for anything.

Discipline Decision: Dr. Hardy’s license to practice medicine was suspended for three months and he was ordered to pay $79,000. The components of that are a $5,000 fine, plus the $74,000 cost of his disciplinary hearing.

Attorneys: Dr. Hardy was represented at the hearing by his son, lawyer John Hardy. In later years, the Law Society of Saskatchewan disciplined John Hardy three times for fraud (2004, 2006, 2007). The MD has another lawyer in the family, daughter Anne Hardy, who was investigated by the Law Society in 2011. Read the coverage in the sidebar.

Sidebar:  Lawyer John Hardy
Sidebar:  Lawyer Anne Hardy

Allergist Suspended, Fined

A Saskatoon allergist found guilty of making fraudulent patient billings will be suspended from practising medicine for three months.

Dr. Larry Hardy, 66, was also ordered Friday to pay a $5,000 fine and to cover the $74,000 cost of his disciplinary hearing before the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The penalty was a joint agreement between John Hardy, the doctor’s son and lawyer, and the college’s lawyer Bryan Salte. However, when the college’s executive council considered the case Friday, the $5,000 fine was added.

Dr. Hardy was found guilty in April of billing for consultations when he never actually saw the patient and for billing some patients as if they’d been referred to him, when they hadn’t. The referral rate is worth $45 to $60 more than other consultations.

Salte said misconduct cases involving billing are unusual. He can recall three in the past 15 years.

John Hardy said his father won’t appeal the disciplinary committee’s finding or the penalty. The suspension begins July 10. Dr. Hardy will have about 2½ years to pay the $74,000 bill for the hearing.

He said it’s hoped the case won’t lessen patients’ confidence in Hardy’s abilities. There has never been any suggestion by anybody that there was any sort of problem with the quality of medical care he was giving his patients.

Provenance: Original News Clip

City Allergist Found Guilty of Fraudulent Billing Tactics

A medical disciplinary committee has found a Saskatoon allergy doctor guilty of making fraudulent patient billings.

The committee felt disturbed and saddened by the behavior of Dr. (Larry) Hardy, its 44-page report concludes, adding the charges are very serious ones.

The three-doctor committee doesn’t recommend how Hardy should be punished. The executive council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons is scheduled to hear arguments June 23 about that.

Neither Hardy nor his lawyer could be reached for comment Wednesday.

Dr. Lowell Loewen from the college had no estimate about how much money was involved in the charges. The issue is not dollars. The issue is the principle, he said.

The patients referred to in the charges are simply a representative sample of Hardy’s billing practices. There were six charges involving more than 100 patients.

During the hearing, held over several days in November and January, 43 doctors and 26 patients or close family members testified.

The initial complaint about Hardy’s billing was laid by his former receptionist, Janet Martin, who worked for Hardy for 5½ years.

She said Hardy initially felt the college was power hungry and out to get Doc.

The committee eventually found Martin wasn’t a disgruntled employee and said it accepted her testimony over Hardy’s.

It said his evidence about his billing practices was evasive and added it did not accept that Dr. Hardy was as unsophisticated and unaware of billing practices as he would have this committee believe.

He was found guilty of billing for consultations when the patient wasn’t in his office on the day in question.

And he was found guilty of submitting bills for treatment of 17 patients when he wasn’t in the office that day and his nurse did the work.

The committee also declared him guilty of charging the more lucrative referral rate when the patient had not been referred to him by another doctor. The records of close to 70 patients are noted in this charge.

The charge for a referral consultation is $81, while other consultations are worth $45 to $60 less.

Finally, Hardy was found guilty of charging for allergy and vital capacity testing when he hadn’t done it.

He was found not guilty of one charge alleging he double-billed to both the province and the federal Veterans Affairs Department for a patient’s treatment.

Provenance: Original News Clip

Allergy MD Bypassed Billing Rules, Hearing Told

A Saskatoon allergy doctor tried to squeeze as much money as he could out of the system in how he billed for his work, a medical disciplinary hearing was told Friday.

Brian Salte, representing the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons, said Dr. Larry Hardy knowingly ignored the province’s billing rules to boost his income and should be found guilty of unprofessional conduct.

But Hardy’s lawyer – his son John – argued the six charges are based on ambiguous paperwork and are weakly supported by a disgruntled employee who went on a long-term fishing trip through the doctor’s files.

Final arguments on the case were heard Friday. The discipline panel, a committee of doctors from the college’s membership, will release a decision later this year.

Hardy, 65, is accused of charging patients as if they’d been referred by their family doctor when they hadn’t. A specialist like Hardy can charge $81 for a referral visit while other consultations are worth $45 to $60 less.

He’s also alleged to have billed too much for allergy tests, charged for seeing patients on days when he was actually in hospital, and billed for patients he didn’t see.

There’s no explanation for billing for someone who isn’t there, Salte said.

The college called about 80 witnesses in its case. The amount of money involved in the referral charge is estimated at $10,000 to $17,000.

Hardy’s former secretary Jan Martin was the college’s key witness.

Salte said evidence from patients and other doctors supported everything she said.

John Hardy said evidence showed it was Martin who was mistaken.

Patients she said never showed were in the office, Hardy said. In one or two cases he did bill for children after talking to their parents, he said.

Clearly Dr. Hardy did render his services, he is entitled to be paid for them, Hardy argued.

Regarding the referrals – as well as the other charges – Hardy said the college needed to prove Dr. Hardy knowingly misled the billing officials. The patients were initially referred to him by their family physicians and he thought they’d been referred again when they returned, Hardy argued.

He acknowledged Dr. Hardy shouldn’t have billed the way he did when nurses treated patients on Feb. 1, 1994, but he said the doctor’s own cancer diagnosis was distracting him at the time.

Salte said Dr. Hardy’s evidence was evasive in the extreme. He wouldn’t admit responsibility for anything.

Provenance: Original News Clip

Disciplinary Hearing Resumes for Doctor

A Saskatoon allergy doctor charged with billing for work he didn’t do is now presenting his case to a disciplinary hearing.

The hearing for Dr. Larry Hardy is continuing this week. He faces six charges of unprofessional conduct relating to billing in connection with dozens of patients’ cases.

In two of the charges, Hardy is alleged to have billed both the province and the Veterans Affairs Department for the same services.

In others, he’s alleged to have submitted claims for second opinion consultations when he wasn’t asked by other doctors to do them.

The hearing began in November, but didn’t finish and was adjourned until now. After the college finished presenting its case Wednesday, Hardy began presenting his evidence.

The case is supposed to finish by Friday.

Provenance: Original News Clip

MDs Hearing Resumes

The disciplinary hearing for a Saskatoon doctor charged with several counts of submitting improper bills will continue in January.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan has charged Dr. Larry Wayne Hardy, an allergist, with unprofessional conduct.

The college finished giving its evidence Friday, and the defence will present its case when the hearing resumes in January.

The charges were laid after Hardy’s secretary brought the alleged improprieties to the attention of the college. She testified Friday.

One charge relates to billing both the province and Veterans Affairs for the same work. He also was charged with submitting claims for work he didn’t do.

The cases of dozens of patients are named in the charges.

Provenance: Original News Clip

Allergist Faces Charges Over Billing

A disciplinary hearing is continuing this week for a Saskatoon doctor charged with several counts of submitting improper bills.

Dr. Larry Wayne Hardy, an allergist, faces six separate charges of unprofessional conduct from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

The charges were laid after Hardy’s secretary came forward with information, according to the college.

In one charge, Hardy is accused of billing the province and Veterans Affairs for the same work.

In others, he is alleged to have submitted claims for consultations or assessments when in fact he did not see the patients on the date in question.

He’s also charged with making claims for performing allergy tests when he did not do the necessary services.

The cases of dozens of patients are named in the charges.

The disciplinary hearing began Monday and must still hear from more than 20 witnesses.

Provenance: Original News Clip

Georgena S. Sil
Saskatoon, Canada
Physicist & Technical Writer
Alumnus: University of British Columbia
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