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October 17, 2019

Five home health providers in Iowa and South Dakota have been ordered to pay a combined $3.1 million for submitting false claims to Medicare.  Affiliates of Minnesota-based Welcov Healthcare LLC allegedly billed Medicare for therapy services that were not provided by skilled employees or not medically necessary.  Sergeant Bluff Healthcare, LLC will pay over $1.2 million, Logan Healthcare, LLC and Elk Point Healthcare #1, LLC will each pay over $775,000, Red Oak Healthcare, LLC will pay over $228,000, and Flandreau Healthcare 2, LLC will pay about $116,000.  USAO NDIA

September 19, 2019

Selma, Alabama hospital Vaughan Regional Medical Center, together with two of its ER physicians and an affiliated company, will pay $1.45 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by having medical residents who were not fully licensed and credentialed provide emergency room services.  The hospital then falsified medical records and submitted claims to Medicare as if the services had been provided by a licensed physician.  The case originated with a qui tam action filed by Dr. Samuel Clemmons, who will receive $275,000.  USAO SD AL

Catch of the Week — Comprehensive Pain Specialists Targeted for Urine Drug Testing Fraud

Posted  07/26/19
Laboratory sample vial lying on procedure coding form
Our Catch of the Week goes to Comprehensive Pain Specialists (CPS), a now-shuttered pain-management chain that was once one of the largest in the nation, treating as many as 48,000 pain patients a month at about 60 clinics across 11 states.  CPS shut down in 2018 with little warning to patients and employees. On Monday, July 22, the United States and the State of Tennessee announced their partial intervention in...

June 27, 2019

Following a whistleblower suit, Fusion Physical Therapy and Sports Wellness, P.C., and its founder and CEO, Carolyn Sue Mazur, have agreed to pay $37,500 to settle charges of billing Medicare for physical therapy services performed by uncredentialed personnel.  In addition the monetary penalty, Fusion and Mazur have also admitted to the misconduct.  USAO SDNY

May 30, 2019

HyperHeal Hyperbarics, an oxygen therapy facility in Maryland, has agreed to pay over $400,000 to settle whistleblower allegations filed under the False Claims Act.  In their 2016 qui tam suit, former employees Lesa Schrum and Juliette Skelton alleged that from 2013 to 2014, HyperHeal and its part-owner Eric Shapiro billed TRICARE for medically unnecessary services, services performed without physician supervision, or services that weren't ever performed.  As part of the settlement, Schrum and Skelton will receive $74,635.25.  USAO MD

May 9, 2019

Carolina Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Inc. agreed to pay $790,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the company knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE. According to former employee Hilary Moore, Carolina PT submitted claims for group physical therapy services that were billed as though they were one-on-one sessions. Additionally, claims for certain services performed by physical therapy assistants were billed as though they were performed under the supervision of qualified therapists. For exposing the fraudulent conduct, Moore will receive a relator’s share of $142,200USAO SC

February 7, 2019

Six people associated with a string of substance abuse treatment centers have been indicted for defrauding Ohio's Medicaid program of over $31 million. Ryan Sheridan, the owner and operator of the businesses, along with Jennifer Sheridan, Kortney Gherardi, Lisa Pertee, Thomas Bailey, and Arthur Smith, allegedly submitted claims that were false on a number of fronts, including but not limited to: billing without proper documentation, for medically unnecessary services, provided by unqualified persons, and upcoded to a more costly service. Altogether, 134,744 false claims were submitted for more than $48.5 million in services. USAO NDOH

February 1, 2019

Ali Jama, co-owner of Alpha Star Health Care Inc., was sentenced to 18 months in prison for health care fraud and tax fraud schemes against Medicare and Medicaid. Jama billed the government for services performed by unqualified individuals with criminal backgrounds who were prohibited from providing direct care. Jama also billed for services provided by untrained home health aides and provided false documents and false records for his taxes to reduce his company’s tax liability from approximately $680,000 to $81,000. Jama has been ordered to forfeit $300,000 and pay $392,000 in restitution to Medicaid. He must also pay the IRS $311,000 in restitution. DOJ

January 29, 2019

Two doctors and a health clinic owner in the Houston area have each been sentenced to decades in prison following their convictions for Medicare fraud. In one case involving three defendants—clinic owner Ann Shepherd, doctor John Ramirez, and Yvette Nwoko—Medicare paid over $17 million in fraudulent claims resulting from false certifications related to services not medically necessary or properly provided. Defendants Shepherd was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and ordered to pay $20 million; Ramirez was sentenced to 25 years in priosn and ordered to pay $26 million; Nwoko awaits sentencing. In a second case, related case, doctor Anh Do was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay almost $2 million in restitution on similar charges. DOJ 1; DOJ 2
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