Orange MRI Owner Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison and Forfeits More Than $2 Million

The owner and medical director of Orange Community MRI LLC, a diagnostic imaging center in New Jersey, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $2 million in connection with a scheme to pay physicians for their referrals of patients to the center.  He also received three years of supervised release to follow the prison term.  The owner negotiated, approved and paid kickbacks to physicians for each magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, echocardiogram, computed axial tomography and dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry they referred, and he provided cash to his subordinates to do the same.  Seventeen other health care providers have been convicted in connection with the scheme as well.

Petition for Rulemaking on Scope of Practice of Dental Auxiliaries in an Orthodontic Office

The New Jersey Association of Orthodontists (NJAO) has petitioned the New Jersey Board of Dentistry to expand the functions of a limited registered dental assistant in orthodontics (LRDA-O) to include  (1) holding and applying a curing light; (2) applying topical anesthetic; (3) applying topical fluoride; (4) placing and ligating archwires; and (5) preparing teeth for bonding.  The NJAO also proposed to expand the functions of licensed dental hygienists, registered dental assistants and LRDA-Os to include  (1) taking impressions for orthodontic appliances; (2) placing orthodontic separators; (3) removing bands and brackets without the use of rotary instruments; (4) removing primary adhesive after debanding/debonding without the use of rotary instruments; (5) performing intra-oral scanning for the purpose of obtaining digital study models or orthodontic appliances; and (6) under direct supervision, performing emergency treatment to provide immediate relief from an offending appliance.