Thursday, December 15, 2011
Three Arrested in TX Medicare Fraud Case
Two physicians and the owner of an assisted living facility were arrested in Texas for their alleged participation in a conspiracy that the government says defrauded the taxpayers of $90 million. The physicians allegedly paid kickbacks to the owner of the assisted living facility in exchange for enlisting patients in their partial hospitalization program.
The doctors had both previously been disciplined by the Texas Medical Board for unrelated issues.
Read the entire article, “3 arrested in $90 million Medicare fraud scheme"
Posted by eithurburn on 12/15 at 02:10 PM
Healthcare Prosecutions Rise
Health care prosecutions in the United States increased by 69% over last year, according to a new report.
Read the entire article, “Health-Care Fraud Cases Filed by U.S. Rose 69% to Record, Researchers Say"
Posted by eithurburn on 12/15 at 02:08 PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Job Placement Company Investigated by NYC, Manhattan US Attorney
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan issued a Civil Investigative Demand to Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (Seedco), an organization that has had a contract with the New York City Department of Small Business Services to operate career centers in Manhattan and the Bronx. Seedco is already under investigation by the New York City Department of Investigation due to concerns regarding the accuracy of the company’s job placement statistics. Employees have alleged that the company listed prior employment by job seekers as obtained through Seedco and fabricated job placements.
Seedco, a nationwide company, has received $41.8 million in federal, state, and local funding for job placement services.
Read the entire article, “Second Probe of Jobs Agency"
Posted by eithurburn on 12/13 at 02:05 PM
Medtronic to Pay $23.5 Million
Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay $23.5 million to resolve allegations that it paid kickbacks to doctors for using its cardiac rhythm management devices under the guise of payment for post-market studies and device registries. The case was initiated by four whistleblowers who together will share almost $4 million.
Read the entire article, “DOJ: Medtronic To Pay $23.5 Million To Settle Charges Of Paying Kickbacks"
Posted by eithurburn on 12/13 at 02:04 PM
Monday, December 12, 2011
Third American Therapeutic Corporation Defendant Gets 35 Years
A third defendant was sentenced last Friday in connection with a massive healthcare fraud conspiracy that cost taxpayers $205 million; Judith Negron received 35 years. Along with co-defendants Larry Duran and Marianella Valera, who previously received sentences of 50 and 35 years, Negron was found guilty of her role in a health care fraud conspiracy that billed Medicare for community mental health services that were either unnecessary or never provided.
Read the entire article, “Miami health executive gets stiff sentence for fraud"
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Posted by eithurburn on 12/12 at 02:02 PM