Jul 19, 2019
Zombies aren't real, but sometimes they sure seem like it.
Especially when it involves medicine and the law. Health
Diagnostics Laboratories (HDL) went into bankruptcy after being
discovered it was ripping off patients by overcharging them and
providing kickbacks to doctors and health organizations for using
Aside from being unethical this illegal activity put all those
employees who were prescribing laboratory tests at risk for legal
My guest, Dr. Molly Rutherford, was an employee of a
physician's private practice in Kentucky when her zombie nightmare
occurred. At the clinic, her physician boss encouraged her to
perform all sorts of expensive and highly technical laboratory
tests on most of her patients.
HDL was paying kickbacks to the offices and physicians who
ordered their tests. Dr. Rutherford did not find that the results
were very useful especially because they were so expensive.
Soon, Dr. Rutherford stopped ordering those tests because she
didn't find their results helpful in her treatment. However, she
later found that her boss was ordering the tests on her patients
without consulting her. Once she realized this was happening she
quickly felt that something was not right and decided to leave and
open her own direct primary care clinic.
The advantage of opening her own clinic allowed her to not
only escape some of these shady practices but also to begin
practicing addiction medicine along with family medicine. Now she
mixes the two on her own with great success bringing her lots of
Unfortunately, HDL went bankrupt and began demanding back all
of its kickbacks given to any doctor who received their kickbacks
even if they didn't even know that their ordering of the tests sent
the kickbacks to her boss. Dr. Rutherford was forced to hire an
attorney to avoid paying the fines demanded by the creditors of
Lucky for Dr. Rutherford, the case was settled by her lawyers
who got her out of the lawsuit but still cost her several thousand
dollars even though she was no longer working at the clinic. That
is now in the past and she is enjoying her life practicing medicine
the way she wants.
Dr. Molly Rutherford is a family
medicine and addiction medicine specialist who owns and operates
the Blue Grass Family Wellness DPC practice.
Family Wellness: This is Dr. Rutherford's family practice
website in Crestwood, KY.
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