The Medicare Fraud Strike Force, along with other federal authorities, is focusing increased attention on HIV infusion therapy clinics in Florida and throughout the country. Authorities often allege that infusion therapy clinics charge Medicare for either unnecessary treatments or care that they did not actually provide to HIV patients.
An interesting trial got underway in Miami federal court last week. The government accuses four defendants of running a large fraud scheme to scam wealthy male tourists out of hundreds of thousands dollars. Authorities also say the defendants are connected to Russian organized crime.
A group of small-town ambulance volunteers face a federal prosecution. New charges claim that the group enriched itself by submitting fraudulent billing for unnecessary services. The team of volunteers allegedly defrauded Medicare of around $880,000.
The Justice Department began targeting Medicare fraud in 2007 as a national crisis. Since then they have been aggressive in their pursuit and prosecution of anyone they suspect may have been involved in Medicare fraud.
A Florida-based mental health services provider recently reached a settlement with federal prosecutors after a former employee submitted hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent health care claims.