Posts Tagged ‘Eric Holder’

U.S. Intervenes in False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Fla. Home Health Care Company and Its Owner

July 22, 2013

The government has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against A Plus Home Health Care, Inc., a home health care company in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and its owner, Tracy Nemerofsky, the Justice Department announced today. The government alleges that A Plus offered referring physicians’ spouses sham marketing positions with the company to induce the physicians to refer Medicare patients for home health care services. (more…)

Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 89 Individuals for $223M in False Billing

May 15, 2013

medicare fraudAttorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that a nationwide takedown by Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in eight cities has resulted in charges against 89 individuals, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $223 million in false billings. Florida accounted for 34 of the arrests made.

This coordinated takedown was the sixth national Medicare fraud takedown in Strike Force history. In total, almost 600 individuals have been charged in connection with schemes involving almost $2 billion in fraudulent billings in these national takedown operations alone. The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations are part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint initiative announced in May 2009 between the Department of Justice and HHS to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country. (more…)

Feds Announce Record-Breaking Recoveries From Efforts to Combat Health Care Fraud

February 12, 2013

healthcare_fraud_imageWASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday released a new report showing that for every dollar spent on health care-related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $7.90. This is the highest three-year average return on investment in the 16-year history of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program.

The government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered a record $4.2 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, up from nearly $4.1 billion in FY 2011, from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud federal health programs serving seniors and taxpayers or who sought payments to which they were not entitled. Over the last four years, the administration’s enforcement efforts have recovered $14.9 billion, up from $6.7 billion over the prior four-year period. Since 1997, the HCFAC Program has returned more than $23 billion to the Medicare Trust Funds. (more…)

Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 91 Individuals for $430 Million in False Billing

October 4, 2012

Indictments Include $230 Million in Home Health Fraud; Miami Agency Charged for Fraudulently Billing Medicare $74 Million

By publishing announcements about home health fraud, HCAF demonstrates its commitment to honest providers throughout the state by shining a spotlight on the dishonest providers, eager to provide hope and validation to the good and send a message to the bad actors that their days are numbered.

Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in seven cities have led to charges against 91 individuals – including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals – for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $429.2 million in false billing, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.

“Today’s enforcement actions reveal an alarming and unacceptable trend of individuals attempting to exploit federal health care programs to steal billions in taxpayer dollars for personal gain,” said Attorney General Holder. “Such activities not only siphon precious taxpayer resources, drive up health care costs, and jeopardize the strength of the Medicare program – they also disproportionately victimize the most vulnerable members of society, including elderly, disabled and impoverished Americans.” (more…)

Obama Administration Announces Groundbreaking Public-Private Partnership to Prevent Health Care Fraud

July 27, 2012

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder have announced the launch of a ground-breaking partnership among the federal government, state officials, several leading private health insurance organizations, and other health care anti-fraud groups to prevent health care fraud. This voluntary, collaborative arrangement uniting public and private organizations is the next step in the Obama administration’s efforts to combat health care fraud and safeguard health care dollars to better protect taxpayers and consumers. (more…)

Secretary Sebelius & Attorney General Holder Weigh in on Miami Fraud Takedown

May 14, 2012

By Kathleen Sebelius & Eric Holder

We are proud to say that last week Miami was part of the largest-ever coordinated law enforcement takedown of 59 defendants charged with committing fraud against Medicare and Medicaid.

Medicare Fraud Strike Force teams in Miami and six other cities, operated in partnership by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, charged 107 people for allegedly submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare worth about $450 million. (more…)

Congressman Urges Feds to Investigate Medicare Fraud in Houston

March 9, 2012

The Houston Chronicle reported today that the chairman of a powerful congressional oversight committee has called for investigations by three federal agencies into ongoing Medicare fraud in the Houston region in which home health care agencies have cheated taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars.

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-La., said repeated testimony before a House Ways and Means subcommittee in early 2011 documented concerns about Medicare billing and yet, “Nearly a year later, recent reports out of Texas suggest … providers continue to operate with impunity.” (more…)

Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Efforts Result in Record-Breaking Recoveries Totaling Nearly $4.1 Billion

February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. This is the highest annual amount ever recovered from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud seniors and taxpayers or who sought payments to which they were not entitled. (more…)