Boston Globe, May 19, 2010

A federal judge has ruled Medicare acted properly in 2007 when it revoked the billing rights of a Boston dermatologist who has helped hundreds of patients with rare skin diseases, but also pleaded guilty to backdating letters and falsifying medical tests in what he said was an effort to get insurance coverage for patients. The decision means the federal government will not reinstate A. Razzaque Ahmed's, MD's billing privileges. Ahmed, who runs a private practice, is a leading specialist on pemphigus and pemphigoid, blistering disorders that cause painful scalp sores, crumbling mouth tissue, and eyelids to fuse to eyeballs.

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