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Board restores Blatstein’s license
Dr. Marc Blatstein is back. A committee of the Virginia Board of Medicine last week restored his license to practice medicine.
Blatstein is the former Fredericksburg podiatrist who was convicted of mail fraud and spent time in federal prison. He was released in 2008 and now wants to return to medical practice.
The board approved his return but set several conditions. It said he couldn’t practice on his own until he had completed 400 hours of mentoring with a board-approved podiatrist and had attended at least three board-approved seminars.
Dr. Mitchell Waskin, a Richmond podiatrist, told the board committee last week that he was willing to serve as Blatstein’s mentor. Dr. Laurence Rubin, a Mechanicsville podiatrist, and Dr. John Mattiacci, dean of the school of podiatric medicine at Temple University, also testified on Blatstein’s behalf.
Blatstein pled guilty to one count of mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Richmond in 2005. He served 24 months and was ordered to pay restitution of $272,704. He also was banned from working anywhere that receives federal funds, including Medicare and Medicaid payments.
Blatstein’s legal troubles began when it was discovered that he had created a phantom surgery center at his podiatry office in Central Park. Because of the center, he was able to bill insurance companies for his foot treatments as well as the use of his facility. In reality, the center was little more than a phone line, tax ID number and a rented mail box.
The scam lasted from about 2000 to 2003. During that time, he collected unearned payments from the insurance companies. A federal probation officer told the medical board that he is current in returning that money to the companies.