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Under Cover of Pandemic, Nursing Home Residents Illegally Evicted

Posted  06/26/20
By Jessica T. Moore
wheelchair in the hospital lobby
“It felt opportunistic, where some homes were basically seizing the moment when everyone is looking the other way to move people out.”  (Laurie Facciarossa Brewer, long-term care ombudsman in New Jersey).  With nursing homes involved in more than 40% of coronavirus deaths, in depth reporting by Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Amy Julia Harris at the New York Times reveals a new threat to residents’ care and...

Medicare Risk Adjustment Fraud is Not Victimless

Posted  06/18/20
By Edward Baker
medicare dollars
Implicit in the arguments made by many Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs), health plans, hospital networks and other defendants in response to whistleblower and government False Claims Act complaints is that the alleged misconduct—falsifying diagnosis data so that CMS overpays for patients enrolled in an MA plan—involves just a technical record-keeping or administrative dispute with CMS and no actual...

Increased Federal Funds, Incentives, and Requirements for Nursing Homes Brings Worrisome Opportunities for Fraud

Posted  06/5/20
By Jessica T. Moore
wheelchair in the hospital lobby
The pandemic has exposed the razor thin margin for error by which our most vulnerable are cared for in nursing homes. New aggregate federal data reveal the appalling toll on facility residents and staff: over 31,700 deaths as of June 4, 2020 (an undercounted 1/3 of all US COVID-19 deaths), according to the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare.  Responsive federal funding for nursing homes, requirements for...

Private Equity Ownership of Nursing Homes Might Have Made Everything Worse

Posted  05/15/20
By Jessica T. Moore
person pocketing money in a business suit
Most nursing homes already had no room for error before COVID-19.  Years of private equity ownership and competition with other elder-care services dealt a one-two punch to the cash-strapped facilities’ ability to react to the pandemic crisis, says The New York Times in a troubling analysis.  In particular, private equity firms’ relentless quest for profits, miniscule margins, and regular cash-draining...

Let’s Talk about Nursing Homes – Who Will Raise the Red Flag Now That Routine Inspections Are Halted?

Posted  05/14/20
By Jessica T. Moore
nurse checking on elder woman
In March 2020, the federal government abruptly paused non-emergency inspections of some 15,300 nursing homes and other long-term healthcare facilities nationwide in order to focus on preparations to respond to the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.  This triage means that an on-site survey will be authorized only in cases of “immediate jeopardy” of serious harm (e.g., abuse) or reported infection-control...

May 7, 2020

Seattle Pain Center, Northwest Analytics, and owner/physician Dr. Frank Danger Li have agreed to pay $2.85 million to settle allegations of defrauding Washington’s Medicaid program.  An investigation revealed that between 2013 and 2015, Li had instituted a policy required nearly every patient treated at Seattle Pain Center to be administered the full urine drug panel at each visit even if they were not medically necessary.  The drug tests were then sent to Li’s exclusively-owned laboratory to be analyzed.  Additionally, the investigation revealed that between 2007 and 2016, Li wrote an excessive amount of prescriptions for opioids, and at least 60 of his patients died due to opioid-related causes during this period.  AG WA; USAO WDWA

May 1, 2020

Milwaukee-based Center for Pain Management, S.C. and its owner, Nosheen Hasan, will pay at least $1.35 million to resolve claims that they received unlawful kickbacks in exchange for ordering medically unnecessary tests from a urine drug testing laboratory, Midwest Laboratory Sales & Consulting, LLC, in violation of the False Claims Act.  The investigation was initiated by a whistleblower, who will receive a share of the settlement.  USAO ED WI

April 29, 2020

North Carolina physician Ibrahim Oudeh and his wife Teresa Sloan-Oudeh will pay up to $8.8 million to resolve claims of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.  Between 2010 and 2017, the Oudehs reportedly submitted more than 40,000 false claims, including more than 37,000 claims for laboratory tests, including nerve-conduction studies that Dr. Oudeh was not qualified to interpret, the vast majority of which were medically unnecessary.  To submit as many claims as they did, defendants falsely billed for office visits, in some instances billing for more than 24 hours of visits in a single calendar day.  The Oudehs sometimes used outside physicians to interpret laboratory tests, but paid those physicians less than their practice’s Medicare reimbursement, a violation of the Anti-Markup Rule.  Defendants will forfeit $3.3 million in assets and pay an additional $5.5 million.   USAO EDNC; NC

New Lawsuit Against Anthem Shows the Government’s Commitment to Medicare Advantage Fraud

Posted  04/3/20
health insurance with stethoscope and hundred dollar bills
Medicare Advantage, also called Medicare Part C, is ever-expanding part of our healthcare system. The program now insures over a third of total Medicare beneficiaries, well over 10 million people. An expansion in fraud has accompanied the program’s expansion, and the Department of Justice is zeroing in, with the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, Joseph Hunt, recently declaring it a...

Charges Filed in Shameful COVID-19 and Genetic-Cancer-Screening Test Scam

Posted  04/3/20
doctor-mask
Erik Santos of Braselton, Georgia had run a fraudulent genetic cancer-screening-test scheme for months, then spotted an opportunity capitalize on fear surrounding COVID-19.  According to the criminal complaint, Santos targeted elderly persons to determine if they met certain eligibility requirements for testing under government health-care programs.  He passed the information along to co-conspirator testing...
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