Thursday, March 4, 2021

Losing Sleep

A lot of things can make you lose sleep. Perhaps you think too much about your ''to do'' list or maybe your significant other snores. There could also be a medical reason behind your inability to get enough rest. Whatever the case, sleep clinics...

Free Housekeeping

A Dallas company enticed patients to use Medicare-funded home health care they didn't need by giving them grocery gift cards and cash, federal prosecutors say. Dallas Home Health Care owner Viju Mathew and his wife, Mariamma Viju, were sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for the scheme, which even pitched the health services as a way to sign up for free housekeeping.

Strike ‘Em Out!

Let's take a break from our daily examples of Fraud and Punishment to highlight the ''largest takedown ever'' by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. CNBC.com picked up the story after the Department of Justice issued a news release about the nationwide sweep that led...

Breaking Records

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Corrupt Pakistani doctor sentenced to 23 years in prison, could be deported” posted on mlive.com. A Metro Detroit doctor, who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan to practice medicine, was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of crimes related to a massive prescription pill fraud scheme he orchestrated.

Prison Therapy

To become a physical therapist, an individual must earn a professional degree, which is usually a doctorate in physical therapy. Once the degree is obtained, then states require a license to legally work as a physical therapist. (All of those hours spent learning and...

Hands-Off

It would be prudent for doctors to make sure that their billing staff kept detailed patient records, particularly when submitting claims to Medicare. A Houston doctor may have put too much trust into his staff's abilities when he signed off on unnecessary tests for...

At a Higher Risk

Physical therapists are at a higher risk for malpractice claims due to the nature of their work. Some common reasons for malpractice suits include failure to properly supervise a patient, improper technique, injury from manipulation, burns from hot packs or stretching and exercise injuries....

Diagnosis: Fraud

We rely on doctors to correctly diagnose our ailments and prescribe the right treatment to cure our maladies. An article published on WXYZ.com tells the story of a Detroit-area physician who fraudulently billed Medicare for $35 million in services. The services were actually performed,...

With This Ring, I Thee Commit Fraud

Weddings can be expensive. There's the dress to consider, the rental fee for the most beautiful facility available and don't forget the cost for the reception. (Thousands of dollars later, elopement doesn't sounds like a bad idea.) Perhaps the subject of today's ''Fraud of...

Violation of Trust

When a patient pays a visit to the doctor, they trust they will receive a correct diagnosis and a solution that will make them feel better. (Patients do not expect to be used by their physicians as pawns to steal money from their medical...

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