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Two Texans Prison-Bound for Home Health Fraud

Two Texans are prison-bound for their roles in a scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid program through false home health reimbursement claims, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday. Debra Jean Velasquez and Sylvia Salinas Ramirez both pleaded guilty in early September to conspiring to submit false and […]

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CMS Moves Closer to Fingerprint Background Checks in Home Health

Three years following a final rule that will allow for fingerprinting of workers—a measure targeting Medicare fraud—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is finally making plans to contract with a company to conduct the background checks, according to a Modern Healthcare report. The fingerprint screening is one of several mechanisms now allowed by the […]

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Two Home Health Recruiters Sentenced for $48 Million Fraud Scheme

Two patient recruiters for Florida home health companies were sentenced on Dec. 12 for their roles in a $48 million Medicare fraud scheme, the Justice Department announced. Elizabeth Monteagudo received a 70-month prison sentence followed by three years of supervised release and was also ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution jointly and severally with […]

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Twenty Detroit Residents Charged in $34 Million Home Health Scheme

Twenty Detroit-area residents were charged in early December for their roles in home health care and other schemes enacted in order to submit more than $34 million in false billing to Medicare, the Justice Department announced. The defendants include physicians, owners and operators of companies, office employees and patient recruiters have been charged with submitting […]

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Home Health Recruiter Gets 9 Years for $48M Medicare Fraud Scheme

A patient recruiter for a Miami home health care agency was sentenced on Wednesday to nine years in prison for his role in a $48 million scheme to defraud Medicare, the Justice Department announced. Emilio Amador was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in the Southern District of Florida following a guilty plea in […]

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