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Medicare Fraud Enforcement Continues in Florida

You cannot overlook the seriousness of the government’s continuing efforts to root out healthcare fraud. Just last week, 10 Miami residents pleaded guilty to being part of a $25 million Medicare fraud conspiracy.

The fraud was in connection with home health care and physical therapy services — two frequent areas of fraudulent activity. The defendants included “patient recruiters” nurses, and facility administrators.

Providers must exercise caution in healthcare activities that are so competitive that aggressive and dishonest patient marketing activities are required. Home health, physical therapy, diagnostic services, and DME are several activities that are being seriously scrutinized.

Compliance plans should be put in place by all healthcare providers. Internal audits should be performed. Deficiencies should be addressed. Training is a must if an environment of compliance is desired.

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