Home Health Owners Pay Price for $38 Million ‘Empire of Fraud’

Federal watchdogs have tied a bow on a key part of one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes in history. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced Friday that Rodolfo Pichardo and Marta Pichardo — husband and wife — were each sentenced to several years in prison for their roles building […]

Fraud Watch: Caris to Pay $8.5 Million in False Claims Settlement

Caris Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit for $8.5 Million Caris Healthcare, L.P. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Caris Healthcare, LLC, have agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle allegations they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims and retaining overpayments for patients who were ineligible for the Medicare hospice benefit because they were […]

Fraud Watch: Michigan Agency Owner Guilty in $8 Million Fraud Case

Michigan Agency Owner Pleads Guilty in $8 Million Fraud Scheme Zahir Shah, 48, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, pleaded guilty to fraud charges for his role in a scheme involving approximately $8 million in fraudulent Medicare claims for home health services procured through illegal kickbacks, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Shah pleaded guilty to […]

Fraud Watch: Miami Home Health Owners Indicted in Scheme

Three Miami Home Health Agency Owners Charged in Fraud Scheme Three Miami-area home health care agency owners were charged in an indictment for their alleged participation in a health care fraud scheme involving a now-defunct business, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in March. Ailin Consuelo Rodriguez Sigler, 39; Ziola C. Rios, 57; and Thomas […]

Fraud Watch: Miami, Detroit Sentencing and Conviction

Two Miami Home Health Agency Owners Sentenced in Separate Fraud Schemes The owner of two Miami home health care agencies, now defunct, has been sentenced to 80 months in prison for her role in a $74 million conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in late November. Sila Luis, 59—who pleaded […]

Must-Read News: Overtime Rule Invalidated

Happy Tuesday, Home Health Care News readers, and welcome back from your long weekend. Catch up on all things home health and home care with our must-read news roundup—keep reading for our top stories from last week. Just before the long weekend, A federal judge in Texas scrapped a controversial Obama-era wage rule that would […]

Fraud Watch: Texas Home Health Owners Sentenced

Owner of Multiple Home Health Agencies Sentenced for Fraud The owner of multiple home health care companies and a doctor were sentenced for their roles in a nearly $60 million Medicare fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced on August 18. Myrna S. Parcon, 62, of Dallas and Ransome N. Etindi, 57, of Waxahachie, Texas, […]

Must-Read News: CMS Proposes Canceling Mandatory Bundles

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. Are you stepping outdoors today to view the much-anticipated solar eclipse? Some of our team will be viewing the astrological affair from the rooftop of a local grocery store. Not to over-hype the event, but Bonnie Tyler will reportedly be singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” during the […]