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For Immediate Release

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Attorney General Gansler Secures Settlement for Children's Vaccine Program
Lanham physician had redirected vaccines to other patients


Baltimore, MD ( Dec. 6, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that the State has reached an agreement in principle with Ursula Poydras, M.D., of Lanham, for her to repay the State Medicaid program $70,000 in civil damages. The agreement resolves allegations that Dr. Poydras improperly used vaccines provided by the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program for patients not covered by the program.

"These funds will be returned for the benefit of children and families who need vaccines and other medical assistance," said Attorney General Gansler. "Health care providers are entrusted with putting their patients' interests first, which certainly does not include diverting resources intended for the needy."

The VFC program is federally funded and provides vaccines at no cost to children who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured or Native American. The program, administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, provides these vaccines free of charge to private physicians who are registered VFC providers.

In announcing the agreement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Tom Rafter and Auditor Bruce Snyder of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for their work on this case.

   

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