Comptroller: 2 doctors, employee billed Tennessee veterans' home for services not provided

Posted at 1:44 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 14:53:29-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two doctors and one of their employees have been indicted for allegedly billing the Tennessee State Veterans' Homes for medical services they did not provide.

The state has four of these nursing homes for veterans across the state, including Murfreesboro and Clarksville.

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office found one of the doctors, Christopher Standley, received more than $20,000 for visits to the Clarksville facility.

But investigators found no evidence Standley was even at the facility when he claimed he'd treated more than 200 residents. On top of that, investigators found another $119,000 in questionable payments to Standley.

Meanwhile, the Comptroller's Office found the other doctor, Robert North, and his wife, Lisa, were paid more than $7,000 for providing mental health care to residents at the Murfreesboro, Clarksville, and the Humboldt homes.

Yet, investigators say some of those residents did not live at the nursing home or were away at the time, while billing statements showed the doctor claimed to provide services to two separate residents at the same time.

The Comptroller urged the Veterans' Homes to do a better job of verifying that they are only paying for treatment that is provided.