Medicare Fraud Strike Force Nabs 111 in 9 Cities

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , February 18, 2011

·        In Houston, nine people were charged in schemes involving $8 million in fraudulent Medicare claims for physical therapy, durable medical equipment, home health care and chiropractor services.

·        In Dallas, seven people were indicted for conspiring to submit $2.8 million in false billing to Medicare related to durable medical equipment and home healthcare.

·        In Los Angeles, five people were charged in schemes to defraud Medicare of more than $28 million, involving false claims for durable medical equipment and home health care.

·        In Baton Rouge, six people were charged for a durable medical equipment fraud scheme involving more than $9 million in false claims.

·        In Chicago, charges were filed against 11 people in businesses that have billed Medicare more than $6 million for home health, diagnostic testing and prescription drugs.

Since their inception in March 2007, Strike Force operations in nine districts have charged more than 990 people who collectively have falsely billed Medicare for more than $2.3 billion.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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1 comments on "Medicare Fraud Strike Force Nabs 111 in 9 Cities"

David Moskowitz MD FACP (2/19/2011 at 1:58 PM)
$225 million is peanuts compared to the $50 billion a year that Medicare itself has been defrauding the American people since 2006. Medicare could have been saving almost 10% of its budget by preventing 90% of dialysis. That amounts to $50 billion a year now. Turns out too many bureaucrats' salaries are supported by kidney failure to get rid of the disease. Details are at Incidentally, Medicare's Office of the Inspector General didn't consider this to be fraud when I contacted them about it.




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