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South Pasadena Doctor Accused of Illegal Billing Practices

California Medical Licensing Board taking action against the doctor.

A South Pasadena doctor is being accused of forcing patients to pay the full price for her medical services and using extreme measures in doing so, according to the Attorney General's office.

is being accused of using agressive tactics to receive payments from patients, from filing lawsuits, to taking out liens on patient's homes, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Martello's use of aggressive tactics to collect fees from emergency room patients like Buck — including lawsuits, taking out liens on their homes and damaging their credit — prompted an unprecedented court case by state health officials and a judge's order for Martello to cease the practices.

The state's lawsuit against Martello, however, is the first of its kind, according to Marta Green, California Department of Managed Health Care spokeswoman.

Andrew Selesnick, attorney for Martello, insists his client has done nothing illegal in her pursuit of being adequately reimbursed.

Bill August 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Should Martello take and pass the California Bar exam in the future, it would not automatically guarantee her a law license. Applicants undergo a rigorous background check to determine if their moral character is appropriate for practicing law. Stephen Glass, the former journalist who penned dozens of fabricated articles that appeared in the New Republic in the 1990s, has been fighting a decade-long battle to gain admission to the California Bar after earning a law degree from Georgetown University. His fabulist past sparked some public outrage and damaged the New Republic's reputation, but did not traumatize already injured individuals or damage their credit. Martello would have her work cut out for her for just one of the many personal disclosures Bar applicants have to make: All the lawsuits they have been party to in California. Each case has to be individually detailed, including case number, disposition and other facts. For this section alone, Martello's testimony would run more than 100 pages. As for Martello's patients, those who are no longer legally entangled with her have tried to put the incidents behind them. The Benincasas are focused on their family. Landgrebe has been building business at his restaurant. Avina and his children recently moved into the home he bought in Cudahy with his girlfriend
Bill August 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM
But he has had a new habit seared into him by the surgeon who demonstrated such ingenuity repairing fingers and hands. “I don't sign anything anymore,” Avina said.
Bill August 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
What a joke. "David Williams" is actually none other than the infamous Dr. Jeannette Martello.
Bill August 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM
And she is lying. Again.
Henk Friezer August 20, 2012 at 09:11 PM
How do you spell GREED? I have no doubt that this doctor is good at her trade and does well for her patients care. But when it comes to compensation there is a lot of greed involved. Many of her peers also perform well in her medical field without the avarice. True one should be compensated for services rendered, but within reason. And sometimes compassion is in order when the occasion arrives, after all how much money does one need to live overly lavish lifestyles? Mitch Romney would be proud of her!

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