medicare fraud http://michiganradio.org en Medicare yanks licenses in Detroit and other cities, gives them right back http://michiganradio.org/post/medicare-yanks-licenses-detroit-and-other-cities-gives-them-right-back <p>A review conducted by the Associated press found that regulators working to eliminate Medicare fraud (estimated at between $60-90 billion a year) often suspend Medicare provider licenses only to reinstate them in short order following appeals hearings.</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The review also found government officials don&#39;t attend the hearings.</p><p>Federal prosecutors say the speedy reinstatements are a missed chance to stop taxpayer dollars from going to bogus companies that in many cases wind up under indictment. Prosecutors say some providers have collected tens of thousands of dollars even after conviction.</p><p>Officials revoked the licenses of 3,702 medical equipment companies in fraud hot spots in South Florida, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, La., Houston, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Detroit between 2006 and 2009. About 37 percent were reinstated. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:53:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 4608 at http://michiganradio.org More Medicare fraud charges announced in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/more-medicare-fraud-charges-announced-detroit <p>Federal prosecutors in Detroit have <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110901/NEWS06/110901027/Feds-charge-18-bilking-Medicare-28M-unneeded-services?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">charged another 28 people</a> in three alleged Medicare fraud schemes.</p><p>The allegations outline typical Medicare fraud schemes totaling over 28-million dollars.</p><p>One scheme involved 14 people operating out of the Detroit suburb of Livonia, who allegedly submitted fraudulent claims for home health care services.</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:45:30 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4005 at http://michiganradio.org Feds target Medicare fraud in Detroit, nationwide http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-target-medicare-fraud-detroit-nationwide <p>Two top Obama administration officials want people to know that cracking down on Medicare fraud is a &ldquo;Cabinet-level priority.&rdquo;</p><p>U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius talked about those efforts at a Wayne State University summit Tuesday. The two have been holding <a href="http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/">&ldquo;Health Care Fraud Prevention Summits&rdquo;</a> across the country.</p><p>Sebelius says government agencies and law enforcement are now using new tools to root out that fraud.</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:01:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1665 at http://michiganradio.org 21 charged in Medicare fraud crackdown http://michiganradio.org/post/21-charged-medicare-fraud-crackdown <p>Federal prosecutors have charged 21 people with <a href="http://www.medicare.gov/navigation/help-and-support/fraud-and-abuse/fraud-and-abuse-overview.aspx">Medicare fraud </a>in metro Detroit.</p><p>The indictments include doctors, physical therapists and clinic managers. They&rsquo;re charged with billing Medicare for $23 million in services that either weren&rsquo;t needed, or were never performed.</p><p>Andrew Arena heads the FBI&rsquo;s Detroit office. He says one of the most striking examples is a physician who did&nbsp;$8 million worth of home visits:</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:59:50 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1330 at http://michiganradio.org