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30 Arrested Around U.S. In Medicare Fraud Sweep

Von: Raymond (bluerhymer@aol.com) [Profil]
Datum: 31.05.2010 00:19
Message-ID: <4dd0be8a-8891-44e7-9919-4aee56279802@c11g2000vbe.googlegroups.com>
Newsgroup: alt.politics alt.crime alt.health
30 Arrested Around U.S. In Medicare Fraud Sweep
Medicare fraud costs the United States billions each year.

More than 200 agents worked on the $16 million bust,
Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2009

MIAMI, July 29 -- Federal authorities arrested more than 30 suspects,
including doctors, and were seeking others in a major Medicare fraud
sweep Wednesday in New York, Louisiana, Boston and Houston.

More than 200 agents worked on the $16 million bust, which included 12
search warrants at health-care businesses and homes across the Houston
area, where the bulk of the arrests were made.

Federal authorities say those businesses were giving patients
"arthritis kits," which were nothing more than expensive orthotics
that included knee and shoulder braces and heating pads. Patients told
authorities the kits were unnecessary, and many never even received
them, but clinic owners billed Medicare between $3,000 and $4,000 for
each kit.

Houston's other scam involved billing Medicare for thousands of
dollars worth of liquid food such as Ensure. Authorities said clinic
owners never distributed the food to patients. In some cases, clinic
owners billed patients who were dead when they allegedly received the
items.

It was the third major sweep since Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in
May that they were adding millions of dollars and dozens of agents to
combat Medicare fraud, which costs the United States billions each
year.

Using about a dozen agents in targeted cities, the Medicare Fraud
Strike Force has recovered $371 million in false Medicare claims and
charged 145 people across the country in two months, officials said.

Since 2007, strike forces in Miami, Detroit and Los Angeles have
indicted more than 293 suspects and organizations that collectively
have billed the Medicare program more than $674 million

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/29/AR2009072903275.html

We must engage in actions that expose medical fraud and
corruption. ..Report your doctor when he is caught lying to you. .

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