A series of investigative reports on a chain of dental clinics that exposed small children to unnecessary and painful treatments in a scheme to profit from Medicaid
In this exemplary investigative series, Baskin and her team gained extraordinary access to a corrupt chain of dental clinics that targeted small children on Medicaid. Without hidden cameras, Baskin methodically shows how children were physically harmed by the extreme practices of the clinic. They tracked down former employees to report on the bonus system that rewarded employees for doing the most dental work, even if it was unnecessary. Baskin followed up on the report to show similar problems at Small Smiles clinics across the country. The reports sparked a criminal investigation and a federal investigation. As a result of Baskin’s tenacity, six different insurance companies suspended their contracts with Small Smiles clinics in Maryland.
Roberta Baskin, correspondent; Kelly Lanzara, associate producer; Richard Martin, editor; Peter Hakel, photographer; Sandy Bergo, producer; Bill Lord, vice president, news
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