Friday, September 21, 2018

The Honeymoon’s Over

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of an Izard County woman for marrying a patient she was caring for, which would make her ineligible to be paid by the Medicaid program, and continuing to provide care.

Not Exactly a Brainiac

Brainiacs often appear in children’s cartoons or superhero movies and play the part of someone who is extremely intelligent, but somewhat maniacal. A Kansas man, who provided home health services to patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), did not appear to have any maniacal...

Mental Anguish

It’s deplorable when a mental health services business takes advantage of vulnerable patients to make a profit. That’s exactly what happened in today’s “Fraud of the Day” case which involves the co-owners of a Henry County, Georgia mental health services business. They committed Medicaid...

Misdiagnosed

An Institute of Medicine report estimates that 30 cents of every healthcare dollar are wasted in unnecessary healthcare costs, many related to misdiagnoses. (That adds up to about $750 billion a year.) A Powell, Wyoming psychologist committed Medicaid fraud by misdiagnosing patients with mental...

Flying Under the Radar

Elizabeth Jones Powell pleaded guilty in to federal charges of health care fraud and tax evasion. After her prison term, she will be on supervised release for three years. She will also have to pay back more than $450,000 in fraudulent Medicaid claims and unpaid taxes.

Diversion

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Clifton Medical Supply Store Owner Admits To $100,000 Medicaid Fraud Scheme” published by South Passaic Daily Voice.

The End of a Fraudulent Career

Not all crimes lead to time behind bars. But, the alternative punishment for defrauding a government healthcare benefits program can be as equally devastating to the perpetrator’s life as jail. Today’s fraudster is a Stamford, Connecticut dentist who agreed to a settlement that resolves...

Just Trying to Help Out

Two Winston-Salem men were convicted this week on federal charges that they committed more than $1 million in health care fraud through a company they started in Jacksonville, Florida.

Number 13

Depending on where you hail from, the number 13 can be considered lucky or unlucky. Italy and China consider the two-digit number to be lucky, while most Western cultures believe the opposite, going as far as to omit 13 as a house number or...

Tragic Consequences of Fraud

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Woman sentenced in Medicaid fraud case related to a minor’s death” posted on fox45now.com. A former nurse who had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with 14-year-old Makayla Norman's death received a federal sentence for healthcare fraud Wednesday. Mollie Parsons, 47 of Middletown, had been sentenced to service 10 years in prison for her role in Norman's death. She had been employed as a home healthcare nurse for the girl with severe physical impairments.

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