In a Medicaid fraud case brought jointly by the federal government and five states, the pharmaceutical companies of Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Par Pharmaceuticals Companies, Inc., have agreed to pay $154 million.
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.
Following the inquiry into the actions of her son, Gregory Campbell, Florida lawmaker Daphne Campbell is now being investigated. Her son stands accused of Medicaid fraud in connection with nearly $300,000 in allegedly fraudulent claims for state funds. In this case, investigators with the state attorney general's office are reviewing payments made by the state to the health care facilities that Campbell co-ran with her husband, Hubert.
The level of enforcement given to a specific crime can change over time. One thing that can cause such a change is when a high-ranking government official decides to make combating a certain type of crime a priority. Recently in Florida, one government official has singled out fraud as something his office will be putting an increased focus on.
Prosecutors have been aggressive in their pursuit of possible Medicaid and Medicare fraud. In this regard, a Miami-Dade County health care facility that provided services to individuals with infectious diseases has been under investigation. The Florida clinic, its two owners, an Iowa physician and a physician's assistant have all been accused of Medicaid fraud.