On March 28, 2018, Medical Transport LLC, a Virginia Beach-based provider of ambulance services, agreed to pay $9 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims for ambulance transports, the Justice Department announced.
Read more here: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ambulance-company-pay-9-million-settle-false-claims-act-allegations
Former Business Manager of Assisted Living Facility Indicted for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars from Elderly Victim
The business manager of a Morristown, New Jersey, assisted living facility has been charged with exploiting her position to steal approximately $237,000 from an elderly victim under her care, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Read more here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/former-business-manager-assisted-living-facility-indicted-stealing-hundreds-thousands
Three Miami, Florida-area home health agency owners have been indicted for their alleged participation in a health care fraud scheme involving a now-defunct home health agency in Miami. The indictment alleges that from January of 2011 through November of 2014, the defendants were involved in a fraudulent scheme in which they agreed with the owners and operators of multiple home health therapy staffing companies and others to bill Medicare for services that were never provided, medically unnecessary, or not eligible for Medicare reimbursement.
Read more here: http://brokernewswire.com/three-miami-based-home-health-agency-owners-charged-for-involvement-in-health-care-fraud-scheme/.
The co-owner of a Southern California sober-living facility was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in connection to a $175 million fraudulent billing scheme.
Read more here: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-03-14/california-sober-living-home-owner-convicted-in-176m-scheme.
Pennsylvania Hospital and Cardiology Group Agree to Pay $20.75 Million to Settle Allegations of Kickbacks and Improper Financial Relationships
UPMC Hamot, a hospital based in Erie, Pennsylvania and Medicor Associates Inc., a regional physician cardiology practice, have agreed to pay the government $20,750,000 to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that they knowingly submitted claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs that violated the Anti‑Kickback Statute and the Physician Self‑Referral Law.
Read more at: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/pennsylvania-hospital-and-cardiology-group-agree-pay-2075-million-settle-allegations
A malware infection at St. Peter’s Surgery & Endoscopy Center in New York has potentially allowed hackers to gain access to the medical records of as many as 135,000 patients.
Read more here: https://www.hipaajournal.com/new-york-surgery-endoscopy-center-discovers-135000-record-data-breach/.
The OIG emphasized the impact of more sophisticated data analytics in its 2019 budget request.
Read more here: https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/oig-budget-data-analytics
Expoerts discuss the vulnerabilities of heart implants, insulin pumps, and other medical devices. Read more here: