Crackdown on Sober Homes Nets Three

Three South Florida residents are the latest to be convicted in an ongoing crackdown against sober home fraud. Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that Ali Ahmed, 38, Hector Efrain Alvarez, 49, and Mauren Morel, 45, all of Broward and Palm Beach Counties, pleaded guilty to one count […]

Provider Beware: Healthcare Scam Warning Signs

Nearly every day, stories appear about healthcare professionals who get caught up in fraudulent activity. From billing for medically unnecessary services or for services never rendered, to accepting kickbacks for patient referrals, there is an unending stream of healthcare fraud taking place. Often, those perpetrating the crimes are well aware that their activity is, at […]

A September to Remember for Healthcare Fraud

To say that federal healthcare fraud investigators have been busy in September would be an understatement. In the last few weeks, nearly 400 people have been implicated in a wide range of healthcare fraud related crimes totaling more than $3 billion. Included in that total are 178 medical professionals. In addition some 50 million in […]

Telemedicine Company Owner, Doctor Plead Guilty in Multimillion-Dollar Fraud

The owner and chief executive of a telemedicine company, along with a New Jersey physician, have pleaded guilty for their roles in one of the largest healthcare schemes ever, that resulted in charges against 24 defendants. On September 6, Lester Stockett pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and pay and […]

Watchdog Agency Cracking Down on Improper Billing by HHAs

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General issued its latest report on a home health agency that it contends did not comply with Medicare billing requirements. It was one in a series of actions the watchdog agency has taken this year against HHAs, and part of what […]

Labs Settle With UnitedHealthcare For $56.2 Million

UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co. has agreed to settle a lawsuit it filed in 2016 against five toxicology laboratory companies for $56.2 million. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleged that medical testing lab executives offered kickbacks in the form of partnership shares to treatment facilities and doctors in exchange […]

Report: Many High-Risk Medicaid Providers Not Undergoing Critical Background Checks

Eighteen states failed to properly screen high-risk providers before allowing them to receive Medicaid payments by the July 2018 deadline and 13 of those states had not yet complied by Jan. 1, 2019. Those are the findings from a recently released report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. […]

Growth of Telemedicine Sees Increase in Healthcare Fraud

Earlier this month, a New York anesthesiologist was indicted on charges stemming from her role in an alleged telemedicine conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to federal and private insurance plans. The indictment alleges that Anna Steiner, also known as Hanna Wasielewska, along with others, ordered and prescribed durable medical equipment (DME) and prescription drugs in […]

OIG Alert: Beware of Genetic Testing Scam

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) recently sent out an alert about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. The government watchdog agency said Medicare beneficiaries are being offered the chance to get tested for certain genetic conditions through the use of a simple cheek swab, but they […]

Clinical Lab Industry Ripe for Fraud and Abuse

A former account rep for a toxicology testing company in Texas is the latest to be sentenced for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that has become more common in recent years. Last month, Ivar Cantu was handed a 56-month sentence, to be followed by three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to […]

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