Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hundreds Charged in Medicare Fraud Sweep

Dianne De La Mare


The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a national Medicare fraud sweep resulting in charges against 243 individuals (including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals) for approximately $712 million in false billing. The individuals were charged with various health care fraud-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit health care fraud, violations of the anti-kickback statute, money laundering and aggravated identify theft.

The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes involving various medical treatments and services, including home health care, psychotherapy, physical and occupational therapy, durable medical equipment and pharmacy fraud. More than 44 of the individuals arrested were charged with fraud related to Medicare Part D.

To obtain a copy of the HHS announcement go to http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/national-medicare-fraud-takedown-results-charges-against-243-individuals-approximately-712.

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