Monday, June 17, 2019

Abandoned

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the conviction of a Pocola, Oklahoma man for Medicaid fraud. Shawn Howard pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), with an additional 15 years suspended.

Anyone and Everyone

As of June 2018, more than 66 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid. As approximately one-sixth of the national healthcare economy, it’s easy to see how the government healthcare program is an easy target for fraud. (In 2016, Medicaid spending totaled $565.5 billion.) A...

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.

Heartless

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “She pulled teeth, provided fillings, but wasn’t a dentist and is headed to prison,” published by the Idaho Statesman. Cherie R. Dillon, 62, will spend five years in prison for completing dental procedures that legally could only be performed by a dentist.

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...

White Coat

White coats worn by healthcare professionals signify that they have the medical knowledge and authority to provide service to their patients. Whether a doctor, dentist, therapist, or lab worker, that white coat is a reminder that they are supposed to conduct their lives and...

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...

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...

Doubly Deceptive

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids each day. To counteract these horrifying statistics, methadone clinics have popped up all over the nation to treat people who are addicted to...

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.

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