Family Injustice

Dental

Bethaniel Jefferson is no longer allowed to practice dentistry in Texas or anywhere else.

That’s the unanimous decision from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, a sign of the grievance failure of this Houston Dentist.

Jefferson is the Houston dentist who left four-year old Nevaeh Hall severely brain damaged.

Jim Moriarty, the attorney for Nevaeh Hall, has already filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of Nevaeh’s parents, alleging the toddler was strapped down using a restraint device called a “papoose board”, then suffered irreparable brain damage because of large doses of anesthetic and sedatives given during treatment.

“Nevaeh will never recover from her injuries,” said Moriarty, “However today’s decision is a victory for her parents, and all parents who take their kids to the dentist. We applaud the Dental Board, and State Administrative Law Judges who, through their actions today, are protecting other children from negligent dental practitioners.”

State records show at least 85 Texans have died because of dental anesthesia disasters since 2010, and countless more have been left damaged for life.

Dr. Jefferson has a history of disciplinary action filed against her stretching back to 2005. In 2012 the Texas Board of Dental Examiners reprimanded her for failing to meet the minimum standard of care in the sedation of another juvenile patient.

Moriarty has also been contacted by parents of children infected by bad dental water at the Children’s Dental Group Inc. in Anaheim.

Read more about this champion for the children at Moriarty.com.

Christine Curtis drove all the way from Fountain Valley to bring her three youngest to the Children’s Dental Group clinic in Anaheim.

Before the traumatic visit was over, Curtis says dentists performed up to 11 baby root canals on all her children, all while they were strapped down with Velcro to a chair, sedated with a “chocolate drink.” Taxpayers got the bill for the expensive dental work.

Curtis now believes the work was totally unnecessary. She is one of a growing number of California patients turning to famed Texas dental abuse attorney Jim Moriarty for help in the wake of the infection scandal.

“The assembly line dentistry uncovered at Children’s Dental Group smacks of Medicaid fraud,” says Moriarty. “A full state and federal investigation is owed to U.S. taxpayers. I believe Children’s Dental is over treating these children to make a buck, using higher cost stainless steel crowns, and falsifying the need for baby root canals to increase the cost of taxpayers.”

Moriarty believes the widespread infections of Children’s Dental Group patients is a symptom of the widespread malfeasance of this corporate dentistry.

“I believe the infection outbreak in California could lead to proving Children’s Dental Group is systematically abusing children.”

Moriarty was a legal architect behind the groundbreaking lawsuit against the Small Smiles Dental chain, and now represents the family of 4-year old Neveah Hall, the little girl left severely brain damaged by a bad dentist.

For more information please contact Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Investigative Communications firm Dolcefino Consulting.

E-mail is wayne@dolcefino.com or 713-360-6911.

Nevaeh Hall

Nevaeh Hall

The owners of a chain of dental surgery centers are renewing calls for the state to immediately stop the practices of Houston’s largest Medicaid insurance provider.

The tragic severe brain injury to four-year old Nevaeh Hall has highlighted the dangers family’s face. The Texas health commissioner must immediately improve access to care.

“We all know what happened to Nevaeh is an unnecessary tragedy,” says Dr. Craig Jacobs, owner of Children 1st Dental and Surgery Centers. “We want the health commissioner to protect other Nevaehs and their parents to make sure they have access to good care.”

Months before Nevaeh was left severely brain damaged, Children 1st sounded alarm bells about reduced access to care for under privileged children in certified dental surgery centers.

More than 600,000 Medicaid eligible children are insured through just one company in Houston. The company is Texas Children Health Insurance Plan. TCHP has given the list of facilities it claims provides dental care as a way of keeping other surgical centers out. Many of those facilities in fact do not perform dental procedures. Some parents are forced to drive their children more than 100 miles for proper dental care. That is just wrong. The state has known this for months.

Children 1st says greed on two fronts is the direct cause of this injustice.

“First, we have improperly trained dentists medicating children, putting them in restraints so they can profit from dental work,” says Jacobs. “It is dangerous when the state health commissioner allows an insurance giant like TCHP to restrict access to qualified dental surgical centers.

For media interviews please contact Wayne Dolcefino at Dolcefino Consulting at 713-389-0810 or wayne@dolcefino.com.

Long time Harris County crime victims’ advocate Kim Ogg is calling for a criminal investigation into the dentist’s actions that left 4-year-old Nevaeh Hall severely brain damaged following a dental procedure.  The lawyer for the child’s family claims her dentist, Dr. Bethaniel Jefferson, physically restrained her, gave her excessive doses of medication, and waited four hours before calling 911.

Ogg says, “If these allegations are true, a Harris County Grand Jury criminal investigation should begin immediately.  In the law there are differences between a medical mistake and potentially criminal conduct,” says Ogg, “The District Attorney has the responsibility to find out exactly what happened to this child.”

Ogg is challenging District Attorney Devon Anderson in November for the job of Harris County District Attorney.

Ogg is available for comment.

Media Inquiries may be directed to Wayne Dolcefino at 713-389-0810 and wayne@dolcefino.com.

Nevaeh

Four-year old Nevaeh Hall spent the night before her visit to Houston Dentist Dr. Bethaniel Jefferson in January playing at Chuck E Cheese. After her visit to the dentist, she would be left severely brain damaged.

This precious little girl was physically restrained illegally in a device called a “papoose.” During her procedure, Nevaeh’s oxygen level plummeted during anesthesia. Evidence will show the Dentist failed to call 911 for more than four hours, even locking her parents out of the room while Nevaeh’s brain was ravaged.

Today, Nevaeh is severely brained damaged, unable to walk, see or talk, and still hospitalized.

Thursday morning, Nevaeh’s parents will share the horrible devastation done to their little girl and issue a dire warning to all Houston families. They will be joined by their lawyer, Jim Moriarty and others who are leading the fight to stop these devastating practices.

Warnings about “papoosing” in Houston dental offices have been made for months by Dr. Craig Jacobs, the Owner of the Children 1st Dental Surgery Centers in Houston. Dr. Jacobs will be available to the media.

Debbie Hagan, author of the “Dentist the Menace” blog will be available to help detail the national scope of this widening tragedy.

The news conference was held at the offices of Dolcefino Consulting, 3701 Kirby, Suite 560 Houston, Texas 77098 at 10:30 AM Thursday morning.

NEVAEH’S PARENTS HAVE SET UP A GOFUNDME PAGE TO HELP PAY FOR HER CARE. PLEASE USE THIS LINK https://www.gofundme.com/prt4tm6k. THE GOFUNDME ACCOUNT IS CALLED FUNDING NEVAEH.

Please contact Wayne Dolcefino at Dolcefino Consulting 713-389-0810.

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Posted by Dolcefino Consulting on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Texas Board of Dental Examiners has temporarily suspended the license of Houston Dentist Dr. Bethaniel Jefferson after a young patient suffered a severe brain injury after sedation.

“About every other day someone dies in a dental office in the United States,” says Dr. Craig Jacobs, Owner of the Children 1st Dental and Surgery Center, “primarily because they don’t have the proper equipment or trained personnel who know how to respond to an emergency.”

State records claim Dr. Jefferson failed to call for emergency help for hours after the patient suffered seizures during sedation.

Children 1st Dental and Surgery Center officials say the horrible tragedy should encourage other dentists to send patients requiring sedation to a surgical center, where pediatric dentists and emergency personnel are better equipped to protect children.

Hundreds of dentists already refer patients to the Children 1st Dental and Surgery Center after the Texas Dental Board cracked down on the practice of restraining children in a “papoose” for extensive dental work.

“Parents need to ask a lot of questions before they consent to their children being sedated in a regular dental office,” says Jacobs. “What kind of personnel do you have and what kind of equipment do you have, and what is the history of the facility?”

Children 1st now has two locations in the Houston Area. 8700 South Gessner and 8545 Gulf Freeway.

The surgical center invites the media to highlight the growing safety issues in the dental community.

HOUSTON — The Medicaid Inspector General has been asked to investigate the practices of Texas Children’s Health Plan, the insurance company controlling government medical assistance to nearly one third of Houston children.

The complaint was filed by Children 1st Dental Surgery Center, operators of dental facilities in Dallas and Houston.  Children 1st was created to end the lifelong traumas of so many young children who were for decades, physically restrained during extensive dental treatment.  Instead, Children 1st puts these young children under anesthesia, making it possible for this medical treatment to be done faster and without distress.

The company has flourished in Dallas, and has been accepted in every insurance network in the State of Texas, except one. The company has faced a boycott by Texas Children’s Health Plan here in Houston, effectively denying thousands of disadvantaged children from easy access to care.

“Texas Children’s Health Plan has engaged in a systematic plan to deny enrollment of qualified providers because they are protecting their own financial interest, and that of their biggest customer, Texas Children’s Hospital,” says Craig Jacobs, Managing Member of Children 1st Dental and Surgery Center. “The numbers do not lie, and it is time Medicaid step in to protect both children and taxpayers.”

Children 1st bills Medicaid $585 per patient for the surgery room used to perform dental work on children under anasthesia. In 2014, Texas Children’s Health Insurance billed Medicaid an average of $1,142.36 for the exact same service. That represents a startling 95% increase in Medicaid costs.

But money isn’t the only issue here.  Texas Children’s Health Plan actions are forcing economically disadvantaged children and their parents to take public transportation up to 100 miles to get this trauma ending treatment.

Medicaid payments to Texas Children’s Health Plan totaled more than $1.1 billion dollars during the last two years in the Houston area alone.

“We are reaching out to the Medicaid Inspector General, members of the Texas legislature, and local members of Congress to force this huge insurance company to sacrifice their unnecessary profits for the benefit of children and taxpayers,” says Jacobs. “It is clear they will not help lower Medicaid costs voluntarily.”

The operators of Children 1st Dental and Surgery Center want the Texas Health Department to investigate how taxpayer money is wasted in Houston area Medicaid payments.

Children 1st Dental & Surgery Center (C1DS) has been providing a safe compassionate alternative, to the barbaric dental procedure of strapping down screaming kids on a papoose board or providing anesthesia so little kids can sleep while even the most extensive dental work is done in a safe surgical setting.

All over the state, predominantly underprivileged kids have a safe alternative that prevents a life trauma or even death. However in the Houston Area, Children 1st says they are being shut out of seeing underprivileged kids by the Texas Children’s Health Plan. This insurance company is forcing kids to drive up to 80 miles to go to Medical Center Hospitals for more expensive procedures.

“This is about money. We do the same exact medical treatment but charge a fraction of what these hospitals are now billing Medicaid,” says Dr. Craig Jacobs of C1DS. “This is unfair to patients and their parents, and this is an outrageous waste of taxpayer money.”

One out of three Houston area children have insurance through the Texas Children’s Health Plan. Hundreds of dentists who want to send their patients to C1DS can’t. The Chief Beneficiary of this insurance game is Texas Children’s Hospital.

“All over the state we have been welcome, except in Houston where just one insurance company corners the Medicaid market,” says Dr. Jacobs. “It is time for the State to protect these children and make it as convenient as possible to get safe treatment.”

In the old days dentists would strap children down in a “papoose” and work on them while they were screaming their heads off. The images are horrible and traumatic. The Texas Dental Board has banned the practice except in rare circumstances.

Children 1st Dental & Surgery Center (C1DS) has been providing a safe compassionate alternative to this barbaric dental procedure, providing anesthesia so little kids can sleep while even the most extensive dental work is done in a safe surgical setting.

Now the doctors at C1DS are going public with allegations one Houston insurance company is putting financial greed before the best interests of children.

Tomorrow at 10:00 am the C1DS medical team will ask the State Health Department to investigate, claiming underprivileged children are the only ones paying the price.

More than 600,000 Houston area children on Medicaid were eligible for insurance through one insurance plan, the Texas Children’s Health Plan. They have denied C1DS the right to see Medicaid patients, forcing some children to travel up to 80 miles to the closest dental surgical center. Dentists who want to send their patients to C1DS can’t. The Chief Beneficiary of this insurance game is Texas Children’s Hospital.

“All over the state we have been welcome, except in Houston where just one insurance company corners the Medicaid market”, says C1DS Dr. Craig Jacobs. “It is time for the State to protect these children and make it as convenient as possible to get safe treatment.”

PRESS CONFERENCE
WHO: Children 1st Dental & Surgery Center Medical Team
WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am
WHERE: 8700 S. Gessner Dr. # 200, Houston, TX 77074

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