ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., December 7, 2007---CNBC's "American Greed," an original primetime series examining the dark side of the American Dream, was awarded the 2007 Excellence in Public Awareness Award from the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) today at the NHCAA Annual Training Conference in Anaheim, California. The award was also given to Kurtis Productions, which produces the series for CNBC, First in Business Worldwide.
CNBC's "American Greed" was honored for two stories on medical fraud:
- "American Greed" reported the story of Jack Lancaster, who lost his life after botched treatments by a Cleveland, Ohio pain doctor, Dr. Martinez, who took advantage of desperate patients and stuck insurance companies for millions. CNBC's "American Greed" revealed undercover videotapes from the FBI's investigation that ultimately brought this pain doctor to justice.
- "American Greed" reported the story of Dr. Ronald Mikos, a Chicago podiatrist who offered routine care to elderly patients, but was bilking Medicare for upwards of one million dollars. The US Department of Health & Human Services caught on and began to build their case against him. Four days before one of his patients, Joyce Brannon, is set to testify before a grand jury, she is found dead. Ultimately, Dr. Mikos is convicted on 25 counts of mail fraud, health care fraud, and obstruction of justice - including one count relating to the murder of Joyce Brannon. Dr. Mikos is sentenced to die for his crimes.
Founded in 1985 by several private health insurers and federal and state government officials, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association is the leading national organization focused exclusively on the fight against health care fraud.
Originally aired as a six-part limited series, "American Greed" returns to CNBC's primetime line-up in the first quarter of 2008. The series is narrated by actor Stacy Keach. For Kurtis Productions, Sharon Barrett is Executive Producer and Anna Gardner is Supervising Producer. For CNBC, Jonathan Wald is Senior Vice President, Business News and Charles Schaeffer serves as Executive Producer.
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