Thanks to the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, 30 people have been charged in three cities for their alleged roles in schemes to submit more than $61 million in false Medicare claims, according to a Dec. 15, 2009 press release by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These individuals who were charged are accused of various [...]
HealthSouth Corporation, the nation’s largest provider inpatient rehabilitative healthcare services, allegedly paid illegal kickbacks to the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, a sports medicine clinic in Los Angeles. As a result, the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic has agreed to pay the United States $3 million to settle these allegations, the United States Department of Justice announced [...]
Medicare spending on home health was $12.9 billion in 2006—that’s up 44% since 2002, according to Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released March 13, 2009. Upcoding, by home health agencies, as well as other fraudulent and abusive practices, such as kickbacks and billing for services not rendered, contributed to the rise in Medicare spending for [...]
Dr. Kenneth Ferguson, a physician of record at Huntington Beach Medical Center which operated from July through October 2004 was indicted by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana, California along with his employee Olena Kulakova for health care fraud. According to the allegations, Dr. Ferguson and his employee Kulakova would bill Medicare for physician [...]
An owner of All Medical Billing Solutions, Inc (All Medical Billing) located in Miami, Florida, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud Medicare, pay health care kickbacks and laundering health care fraud proceeds. Sotto’s company submitted fraudulent Project New Hope (a Miami HIV medical clinic) claims to Medicare in [...]
Westchester Medical Center received a subpoena on January 31, 2007 from Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking for information going back to 1997, primarily related to the hospital’s relationships with its doctors. Under Stark and anti-kickback laws, hospitals are not permitted to give physicians inducements for patient [...]
An Arkansas physician was sentenced to prison for his role in a Medicare fraud case involving motorized wheelchairs. The physician convinced his elderly patients to seek motorized wheelchairs which were paid for with Government funds. The wheelchair supplier was allegedly paid kickbacks as part of the scheme. For more information, click here.
In an article that appeared in The Baltimore Sun (Jonathan D. Rockoff, Improper sales of medicines targeted; Drug firms have paid fines of $3.5 billion since 2001 for wrongful promotions, The Baltimore Sun, May 7, 2006 at 1A), it is reported that since 2001, pharmaceutical companies prosecuted under the False Claims Act have paid nearly [...]