Strike Force takedown nets 89 medical professionals
WASHINGTON – The Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged 89 individuals with about $223 million in false billings, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on May 14. Strike Force operations in eight cities resulted in charges against doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals for alleged fraud schemes involving, primarily, home health care, but also mental health services, psychotherapy, physical and occupational therapy, DME and ambulance services, the release noted. The coordinated takedown was the sixth of its kind nationally since the strike force was initiated. Operated jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the DOJ, the strike force has charged nearly 600 individuals with about $2 billion in false billings.