Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Honesty Makes a Huge Difference

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Cherry Hill Doctor, Son Admit to Medicare Fraud, Authorities Say” published by Cherry Hill Patch. A father and son who are both in the medical field have admitted to their roles in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare by using unqualified people to give physical therapy to Medicare recipients.

Be Very Alarmed

Drug addiction statistics in America are alarming. Consider the fact that opioid addiction kills about 100 people across the United States every day. (You should be very alarmed at that shocking statistic.) A physician who was licensed in Puerto Rico, but practiced medicine in...

Diagnostic Fraud

Diagnostic tests are necessary to determine how to correctly treat medical symptoms and conditions. A California man used his diagnostic testing clinics to carry out a scheme that bilked nearly $7 million from Medicare by ordering unnecessary tests for patients he illegally recruited. (The...

Driving Thousands of Fake Miles

Criminals will go to great lengths to steal money, even if they have to drive tens of thousands of fake miles to carry out a scam. (So, how does one drive fake miles?) The husband and wife owners of a Texas laboratory company settled...

Old-fashioned Idea, Newfangled Fraud

Physician house calls are an old-fashioned idea, but Medicare has turned to them to help the government health care program save money in the 21st century. While a key study shows that home health care has saved 17 percent in health care spending by...

Taking A Chance

The patients received kickbacks for visiting the clinics where they took sleep and stress tests that were administered by unlicensed and unsupervised personnel. (So people who didn’t know what they were doing gave tests that were not needed. That’s a bit scary.) The two...

The Nerve of Them

Fraudsters have some nerve to think that they can steal from government health care programs and get away with it. A Detroit-area doctor and owner of a medical billing company were quite confident in their abilities to steal $28 million from Medicare, but fortunately...

Hiding in Plain Sight

Criminals who commit fraud are adept at hiding it in plain sight. Today 's fraudster and her son hid their fraudulent actions behind her high-profile position as owner of a respected home health care company and founder of a related charity. (Sometimes the bigger...

At Home with Fraud

To say that someone is "at home" with doing something means that they are comfortable with their actions. Today 's "Fraud of the Day" covers four New Orleans doctors and two others who worked for a home health care company. They were "at home"...

Promises, Promises

It is common for deceptive medical professionals to offer treatments or cures to Medicaid or Medicare patients, then bill the government insurance programs for services that were not medically necessary or not provided. A former Philadelphia-area podiatrist, who took a Hippocratic Oath promising to...

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