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US Government continues to combat health care fraud in Chicago

Both the False Claims Act and criminal health care fraud laws continue to be powerful tools for combating health care fraud—and many criminal health care fraud cases could also have been FCA cases, had a whistleblower come forward in time. More

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Chemed Corp. and Vitas Hospice Services settle FCA allegations for $75 million

The largest for-profit hospice chain in the United States paid $75 million in October 2017 to resolve FCA allegations against it, the Department of Justice reported. Vitas Hospice Services and its corporate parent Chemed Corp. were alleged to have submitted false claims to Medicare over an 11-year period between 2002 and 2013. This settlement represents the largest FCA recovery ever against a hospice provider. More

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Billing Medicare for Fraudulent Hospice Care: Minnesota-Based Hospice Provider to Pay $18M

Hospice care is end-of-life care designed to offer terminally ill patients comfort and support in their final months of life. Often paid for by Medicare or other government healthcare programs, hospice care provides emotional support, dignity and pain management during a difficult time. For many families, the decision to place a family member in hospice care is difficult. Hospice medicare fraud deprives the Medicare system of much-needed funds, potentially making it more challenging for patients to get the medical support they need. More

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HEAT: Medicare Fraud Task Force and the False Claims Act

The Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) is a group of investigators from various agencies at the state, federal and local levels. HEAT was created by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in May 2009 to help address the issue of healthcare fraud. More

Medicare Billing Practices Revealed

Medicare billing database

Earlier this month, the government recently released a trove of information regarding the billing practices of individual doctors throughout the country – and the database reveals some startling information. Most disturbing perhaps is the fact that almost 4,000 received more than $1 million from the Medicare program in 2012 alone in addition to amounts received from private insurance firms. More

Dangers of Cardiac Stents and Other Whistleblower News

Of the millions of cardiac stents that are inserted into patients each year, approximately 700,000 are used are used to restore blood flow in heart attack patients – an application that few medical experts would dispute is beneficial. The other half of cardiac stents, however, are inserted into elective-surgery patients in stable condition. It is in these elective surgery situations that reports of overuse, death, injury, and fraud run rampant. In fact, Bloomberg News says that its investigative report reveals that cardiac stent practices in the U.S. “underscore the waste and patient vulnerability in a U.S. health care system that rewards doctors based on volume of procedures rather than quality of care.” More

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