Dentist reaches $750k settlement in Medicaid fraud suit over unnecessary ‘baby root canals’


A dentist with practices all over the tri-state area has reached a $750,000 settlement in relation to a Medicaid scam involving unnecessary “baby root canals” performed on children, the New York Attorney General announced Thursday.

Dr. Barry L. Jacobson, a pediatric dentist with 13 practices, including two in Brooklyn, will have to fork over the substantial sum to the feds and the states of New York and New Jersey for defrauding the federal government via systematic overbilling practices, wherein dentists performed medically unnecessary “pulpotomies” on children in order to submit claims to Medicaid, sometimes with bogus provider info.