Tyler tx dentist to get $8 million from VA hospital
DENTIST TYLER TX, Texas, May 8, 2020—The Veterans Affairs hospital in this Texas town will pay dentist Tyler $8.7 million to settle allegations that he failed to properly diagnose and treat the patient.
The settlement is the largest single VA hospital payment in the country.
Tyler was not immediately available for comment.
The VA agreed to pay $1.2 million for unnecessary procedures and $1 million for an unnecessary dental procedure, including $400,000 for the botched procedure at the VA hospital in Fort Worth.
Tylers lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
VA officials said in a statement that Tyler “acted appropriately and respectfully” and that the hospital “will continue to work with Tyler and his family to ensure the patient is cared for at home.”
Tyler, 65, was fired from his practice in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in January after an internal investigation found he failed multiple dental tests and did not follow the standard of care for treating a patient with an infection.
He resigned his position last July and has been under investigation since.
Tyles mother, Susan, who is divorced, said Tyler is a “wonderful man.”
“He is very gentle and kind.
I know he does what he has to do to protect people and I just wish he could have known,” she said.
“We will never give up.”
Tylers lawyers told investigators that he was afraid of being fired because he did not want to “get a second chance.”
“There are a lot of things he has done that are very bad.
But he has learned,” Tyler’s attorney, John Wojcik, said.
The allegations were made public in a complaint filed last year with the VA.
The report said Tylers dental practice was involved in “false and misleading statements” to the VA, and that Tylers office staff had been “grossly negligent” in handling the patient’s care.
Tyrell also was found in violation of a federal rule requiring hospital staff to have medical insurance and to meet the standards for patients with infectious diseases.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General.
The office said Tyrell failed to comply with the standards of care and lied about the patient being infected with the coronavirus.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.