A sheriff’s department in Texas has charged two office administrators at medical clinics with healthcare fraud. The state has accused the women of conspiring with a doctor at the clinic to file fraudulent claims with the Office of Worker’s Compensation.
Allegations of wrongdoing can haunt the accused for the rest of his or her life. This is particularly true when the allegations involve government allegations of breaking the law. Is it possible to overcome these allegations and move on to live a successful and fulfilling life? In short, the answer is yes, but the road to success is a difficult one. A recent political battle provides an example.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to crackdown on allegations of healthcare fraud. The agency’s most recent examples a psychologist and his wife who ran a psychological practice. The government has accused the couple of partaking in an elaborate billing scheme to defraud Medicaid.
Lawsuits can have a national impact. These two cases provide examples of lawsuits that could work their way up the system to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and change the application of health care law throughout the country.
Hurricane Florence struck the Southeast coast just days ago. Local hospitals took proactive steps to prepare for the storm, and the efforts paid off. Just days after the storm hit hospitals were able to resume normal operations.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the sentencing of a Houston Psychiatrist for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. The scheme allegedly involved false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for psychiatric services.
The government has increased its pursuit of hospice fraud cases throughout the country. Recent examples include a group that agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a case involving allegation of False Claims Act (FCA) violations, another $1.2 million and still a third agreed to pay over $75 million to resolve similar claims.
Estimates of losses due to healthcare fraud crimes range from $20 to $105 billion. As noted in a publication by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, these high financial stakes have translated to federal and state prosecutors giving priority to healthcare fraud investigations.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas announced in a recent publication the conviction of a CEO of a physical therapy business. The office succeeded in the conviction of the CEO for conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Various government agencies worked together to gather evidence to support the charges against the CEO. This included agencies ranging from the United States Postal Service to the United States Department of Homeland Security and United States Department of Labor.
The 65-year-old physician's history with the Texas Medical Board goes all the way back to 1990. The Fort Worth doctor has been disciplined more than once for "inappropriate prescribing practices," a recent news report stated.