On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a joint press release which reported the filing of charges against 91 individuals in eight cities for the submission of over $295 million in false billings to the Medicare program. The charges were the culmination of investigations by Medicare Fraud Strike Force teams and come less than six months after HHS Office of Inspector General officials testified on Capitol Hill highlighting the success of these Strike Forces, which are part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (“HEAT”), a collaboration between HHS and the DOJ. We highlighted that testimony here.
The indictments and other documents are available here.
For more information, please contact David Ross of O’Connell and Aronowitz’s Health Care Fraud and Abuse Unit.