In total, 243 people were
arrested in 17 cities for allegedly billing Medicare for $712 million worth of
patient care that was never given or unnecessary.
In one of the most egregious cases, owners of a
mental health facility in Miami billed tens of millions of dollars for
psychotherapy sessions based on treatment that was little more than moving
patients to different locations, said Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Four people are charged for mass-marketing a
talking glucose monitor and sending the devices to Medicare patients across the
country that didn't need or requested them. They billed Medicare for the
devices and received more than $22 million.
In some cases healthcare providers paid kickbacks
to fraudsters who could get their hands on Medicare patients' personal
information. They would then use that info to bill Medicare for bogus care.
Sometimes fraudsters, known to the Feds as
"patient recruiters," will go to places like homeless shelters and
soup kitchens and offer money to those who would share their Medicare patient
numbers, a Department of Justice spokesman said.
A Los Angeles doctor is charged for allegedly
billing $23 million for 1,000 power wheelchairs and home health services that
were not medically necessary and often not provided.
And in a Florida case, a health care provider
received $1.6 million from Medicare for prescription drugs that were never
purchased and never dispensed, said Lynch.
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