US charges 107 medical professionals with $452m in fraudulent bills to MedicareBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3278 (Published 08 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3278
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 1New York
US government officials have charged 107 medical professionals with cheating Medicare, the government insurance programme for elderly and disabled people, with false bills worth a total of nearly half a billion dollars.
Doctors, nurses, licensed clinical social workers, healthcare company owners, a pharmacist, medical office managers, and patient recruiters in seven US cities have been charged with fraudulently billing Medicare for submitting $452m (£280m; €350m) in services that were not needed or not provided. The charges were announced by the US attorney general, Eric Holder; the health and human services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius; the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
Court documents allege that in many cases kickbacks were …