June a busy month for healthcare fraud enforcement

Individual physicians, medical billers, DME manufacturers, healthcare executives and even entire healthcare systems were on the receiving end of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) enforcement efforts last month. In fact, there were 39 actions announced by the IG’s office in June, up from 35 in May […]

How can investigators predict healthcare fraud?

Predictive modeling is a term that has been used a great deal lately in the context of healthcare fraud. In a nutshell, predictive modeling is the area of data mining concerned with forecasting probabilities and trends. Here in South Florida, many of us are familiar with its use through the forecasting of hurricanes. In the […]

Feds target healthcare fraud by looking for outliers

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the largest healthcare fraud takedown in its history. Approximately 300 defendants in 36 federal districts, including South Florida, were charged with engaging in fraudulent billings to the tune of more than $900 million. Charges included: conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, violations of the anti-kickback statutes, money laundering […]

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Crackdown Not Slowing as Evidenced by Recent Cases

The federal government has been busy since the beginning of the year announcing arrests, convictions and settlements relating to healthcare fraud and abuse. The activities relate to violations of the Stark Law, anti-kickback law and federal False Claims Act, and there appears to be no end in sight. Whether it’s home health, transportation, durable medical […]

Government recovers $1.9 billion in healthcare fraud judgments and settlements in FY 2015

A newly released report by the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC) shows that the federal government won or negotiated more than $1.9 billion in healthcare fraud judgments and settlements in fiscal year 2015. As a result of these efforts, as well as those of preceding years, in fiscal year 2015, approximately $2.4 […]

Lessons learned from whistleblower FCA case against cancer treatment company

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that 21st Century Oncology and its wholly owned subsidiary, South Florida Radiation Oncology LLC, agreed to settle False Claims Act allegations relating to billing for procedures that were medically unnecessary. Specifically, the Fort Myers, Florida-based company was alleged to have billed for performing the Gamma function […]

Social media posts can be used to detect healthcare fraud

In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, citizens of Oceania, a totalitarian state, are under surveillance at all times and constantly reminded that Big Brother is watching them. Today, with the advancement of digital technologies – from cameras on the street and in stores, to cookies gathered from the Internet – most of us are being watched […]

How data mining is uncovering healthcare fraud

What does your data say about your healthcare practice? Does it show that you bill considerably more than your colleagues for certain types of procedures? What about your facility? Is it performing more of a particular procedure than nearby competitors? These days, healthcare fraud investigators increasingly rely on data to root out healthcare fraud. They […]

Finalized DME rule targets fraud, abuse

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has finalized a rule that creates a prior authorization process for some durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) that it has determined are often subject to unnecessary utilization – i.e. healthcare fraud. The rule was first proposed in May 2014 and included a Master List of […]

Feds to increase exclusion and civil monetary penalty enforcement cases

When it comes to exclusion and civil monetary penalty cases, the federal government is preparing to take an even harder line than in the past. During the recent Health Care Compliance Association’s Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Institute, Gregory Demske, chief counsel at the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, told an audience his agency […]