Bills for medical equipment and services not provided, and unneeded care are among charges announced by the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice on 6-18-2015. These criminal activities drive up health costs. 243 individual providers were charged for false billing totaling $712 million uncovered in a nationwide review of Medicare. Accusations spanned kickbacks, money laundering, and identity theft,  involving hospice, physical therapy, and prescription drug fraud.  Doctor visits of 15 minutes billed for 90 minutes. The Medicare Fraud Strike Force now tracks in real time. The program includes prevention and enforcement. LEARN MORE

Posted on June 21, 2015 and filed under Affordable Care Act, Fraud.