Hundreds are arrested for Medicare fraud totalling $712m

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 23 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3425
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has led to charges being laid against 243 people accused of submitting fraudulent Medicare bills totalling $712m (£450m; €625m), the new US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, has announced. Forty six of the accused are licensed medical professionals.

Flanked by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of health and human services, and James Comey, director of the FBI, Lynch said that the defendants charged included “doctors, patient recruiters, home healthcare providers, pharmacy owners, and others. They billed for equipment that wasn’t provided, for care that wasn’t needed, and for services that weren’t rendered.

“In the days ahead, the US Department of Justice will continue our focus on preventing wrongdoing …

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