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Medical Billing Fraud

OK Physician Pays $580K to Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations

September 1, 2017 - A physician from Oklahoma recently agreed to pay $580,000 to settle a Medicare fraud case in which the federal government alleged that he submitted false claims to the federal healthcare program, the  Department of Justice (DoJ) announced. Gordon P. Laird, MD, was the former owner and employee of Blackwell Feet Plus, LLC, and Feet Plus, LLC, later known as Prevention Plus. During his...


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New Medicare Fraud Audits to Ease Burden on Compliant Providers

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently updated its Medicare fraud and improper payment audit process to target providers and suppliers who continually demonstrate high medical billing error rates, according to the federal agency’s website. The new Targeted Probe...

LA Hospital Pays $42M to Settle Healthcare Fraud, Kickback Case

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Los Angeles-based Pacific Alliance Medical Center recently agreed to pay $42 million in order to settle an ongoing healthcare fraud case involving improper financial relationships between the acute care hospital and referring physicians. According...

Third MI Provider Convicted in $17.1M Healthcare Fraud Case

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare fraud prevention and prosecution will continue to be a major area of focus for the Department of Justice (DoJ), Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco recently told the American Bar Association. With healthcare fraud draining...

OIG Releases Healthcare Fraud Compliance Program Guidelines

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently published guidelines on how healthcare organizations can measure the effectiveness of their healthcare fraud compliance programs. The resource guide explains how healthcare organizations of all...

GA Dentist Sentenced to Prison for $1M Medicaid Fraud Scheme

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A dentist from Georgia faces one and a half years in federal prison after she reportedly participated in a Medicaid fraud scheme totaling almost $1 million, the Department of Justice (DoJ) recently announced. From 2009 to 2013, Oluwatoyin Solarin,...

HHS: Physician Self-Referral Law Hinders Value-Based Care

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Some healthcare fraud prevention regulations many impede value-based care models that use financial incentives to encourage providers to improve care quality and reduce healthcare costs, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently...

Former Tenet Exec Charged in $400M Healthcare Fraud Scheme

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Department of Justice (DoJ) recently announced the indictment of Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s former senior vice president of operations for his alleged participation in a healthcare fraud scheme totaling over $400 million in inappropriate...

HHS, DoJ Recovered $3.3B From Healthcare Fraud Cases in 2016

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Through healthcare fraud cases and settlements in 2016, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DoJ) initiatives returned over $3.3 billion to the federal government and individuals, including $1.7 billion to...

GA Provider Receives Jail Time for a Healthcare Fraud Scheme

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A Georgia-area provider has recently been sentenced to three years and two months in prison stemming from a healthcare fraud case, the Department of Justice (DoJ) reported. Robert E. Windsor of Georgia was charged with fraudulent medical billing...

Former Hospital Exec Pays $1M to Settle Medicare Fraud Case

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The former chief executive officer of a South Carolina-based healthcare system agreed to pay $1 million and be excluded from federal healthcare programs for four years to resolve a 2013 Medicare fraud case, according to the Department of Justice...

DoJ Charges Providers in Medicare Fraud Cases, Settles Others

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Medicare fraud cases have the potential to drain the federal healthcare program of millions of dollars while also putting beneficiaries at risk of receiving unnecessary or low-quality care. In response, the federal government has ramped up its...

Strong Compliance Programs Key to Avoiding Healthcare Fraud

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Preventing and catching healthcare fraud schemes has recently jumped to the forefront of many public and private payer programs that are designed to reduce unnecessary healthcare spending. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced...

OIG: NY Hospital Received $14.2M in Medicare Improper Payments

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A New York-based hospital overbilled Medicare by over $14.2 million between 2011 and 2012 because it did not have appropriate medical billing measures to prevent and identify improper payments, reported the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)....

DOJ Charges 3 Individuals in $1B Medicare Fraud Scheme

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse is known to drain the industry of essential funds, but three individuals have allegedly participated in Medicare fraud and money laundering schemes that have cost the program more than $1 billion. According...

CMS Saves $42B Through Healthcare Fraud Prevention Activities

by Jacqueline Belliveau

By using a more proactive approach to healthcare fraud protection, CMS has saved the Medicaid and Medicare programs nearly $42 billion in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. In a post on its official blog, CMS attributed the savings to an increase in...

Providers Pay Millions to Resolve Medicare Fraud Cases

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare fraud, abuse, and waste can cost the government millions, but recently, federal agencies have made catching and preventing Medicare fraud a top priority. Last month, the Department of Justice partnered with the Department of Health...

HHS, DoJ Announce Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently partnered with the Department of Justice (DoJ) to charge 301 individuals, including 61 physicians and licensed medical professionals, with reportedly participating in healthcare fraud...

Turnkey Approach to Fighting Healthcare Fraud, Waste, Abuse

by Shuying Shen, Tim McBride, and Ryan Cleverly

Healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA) investigators have a tough job. Keeping pace with the latest schemes, continuously weeding through hundreds of false-positive leads, and understanding the right time to pursue a case are just a few of...

Big Data Tool Saves CMS $1.5B by Preventing Medicare Fraud

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Using big data tools and predictive analytics, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has saved approximately $1.5 billion by preventing Medicare fraud in the traditional fee-for-service program, according to the official CMS blog....

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