Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Healthcare Fraud Strike Force Strikes Again - This Time Houston

Healthcare Strike Force agents hit South Florida in 2007, Los Angeles in 2008, and Detroit in 2009. The DOJ press release tells that they have "obtained indictments of more than 293 individuals and organizations that collectively have billed the Medicare program for more than $674 million."  The new addition to the list of charges against doctors and health care executives takes place in Houston, with 32 doctors and health care executives charged.  Some of the individuals were arrested in places outside Houston, such as New York and Boston. The press release states:

According to the indictments, the defendants charged today participated in schemes to submit claims to Medicare for products that were in fact medically unnecessary and oftentimes, never provided. In some cases, indictments allege that beneficiaries were deceased at the time they allegedly received the items. Collectively, the physicians, company owners and executives charged in the indictments are accused of conspiring to submit more than $16 million in false claims to the Medicare program.

See also James Pinkerton, Mark Babineck, & Mary Flood, Houston Chronicle, Agents conduct medical fraud raids across Houston -Warrants served at 12 locations related to 32 indictments; see also Stop Medicare Fraud - US Dept of Health & Human Services & DOJ here.

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