Doc’s Gone Wild by Pat Conrad MD


This week a Nassau County cardiologist, Dr. Anthony Moschetto, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, criminal sale controlled substances, arson, burglary, criminal possession and sale of firearms, and criminal solicitation (of a hit man). Alas, there were no strippers, or this might have set up for one hell of a CME weekend.

While investigating Moschetto for selling oxycodone out of his office, the DEA also lured him into selling heroin and two assault weapons, and learned that he was trying to buy dynamite to blow up a competitor and former business partner’s office. He gave up on the explosives, and instead hired two men to burn the office down. When the arson attempt failed (yay sprinklers), the alleged perp hired an under-cover detective to off his former colleague for $20,000 over an unspecified “professional dispute.” According to the Nassau County Assistant District Attorney, Moschetto “wanted to put (the competitor) out of business so he could get his business.”

While searching his home, authorities found a hidden room “that was accessed by a switch-activated, moving bookshelf” in which he kept “hundreds of weapons, including hand grenades, knives and guns.”

After posting a $2 million bond, Moschetto’s lawyer stated: “What he was most concerned about today was his patients. He was most concerned about their reaction, about them feeling comfortable about going to see him. Patients were calling the office all day asking about him. That speaks volume about his character and how he’s viewed in the community.”

If I were his lawyer, I’d point out that this is just the logical conclusion of establishing an ACO, and that the moral obligation to care for his patients in a time of worsening financial constraints brought on by Medicare “quality” standards drove Moschetto to expedite the most efficient solution. And if I were the AAFP, I’d squeal about how cardiologists make too much money, which contributes to gun violence.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. Seneca says:

    But what were his patient satisfaction scores?

  2. Randy says:

    “Patients were calling the office all day asking about him.”

    Probably the ones he was selling oxycodone to.

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