Health Care Horrors; 91 Medicare Fraud Indictments Alleged to Cost Us $296 Million!
Attorney General Eric Holder said that those arrested are jeopardizing the integrity of the nation's health care system. HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted that the law enforcement initiative is a powerful warning to those who would try to defraud taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries. Additionally, Sebelius recognized that the controversial health care bill last year-which I wrote on yesterday-created one of the strongest anti-fraud laws in history. What the Affordable Care Act does is create much longer prison terms for health fraud, increased the power of these strike force teams which helped carry out these national arrests, and it provided funding for new technology that allows investigators to see claims as they happen.
The allegations against the defendants ranged from healthcare fraud-related crimes such as conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, healthcare fraud, violations of the anti-kickback statutes, and money laundering. These charges spanned from medical treatments, to home healthcare services, many times of therapy such as physical, occupational, and psychotherapy, as well as mental health services.
The largest allegation of fraud was against a doctor and nurse in fraud schemes involving $159 million in false bills for home healthcare, mental health services, and occupation and physical therapy.
For one, I am happy that there are more aggressive actions being taken against those who seek to cheat the rest of us. Particularly because doctors, those considered to be a part of the social elite and looked up to, should not be taking advantage of our reverence. Don't you agree? I'd love to hear from you. I welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at [email protected] . You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com.