The plan was another casualty of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which has been cracking down on deception since the year of 2007 and now functions in 9 cities across the U.S., with the area of South Florida being a hot spot. The attempt has so far resulted in charges to almost 2,900 defendants who’ve billed Medicare for an entire of more than $10 billion.
Gonzalez pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to defraud the US and make false deceptive statements in association with a federal health care benefit policy, the DOJ reported, further adding sentencing is scheduled for the day of Oct. 24, 2016.
DOJ spokesman Peter Carr informed Modern Healthcare in the month of June that about half of the DOJ’s present healthcare deceptive caseload centers on home health organizations, with several such cases including claims for treatments that were either unimportant, not really provided, or kickbacks for referrals.
Additionally, over 5 percent of home health organizations nationwide indicate signs of potentially fraudulent activity, in accordance to an HHS Office of Inspector General Alert, news reported.
Scrutiny of home health organizations is hoped to sustain in the federal government’s fight against healthcare deception.
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