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Physician sentenced in DME fraud

July 28, 2021HME News Staff

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – A U.S. district judge has sentenced Dr. Richard Davidson of Delray Beach, Fla., to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Davidson was charged with establishing a conglomerate of DME companies that were placed in the names of straw owners. By concealing the true ownership of the companies, he and his conspirators gained control of multiple companies, allowing them to submit high volumes of illegal DME claims, while attempting to evade law...

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Feds charge five in massive fraud scheme

April 29, 2021HME News Staff

NEWARK, N.J. – Five individuals have been charged and two others have pleaded guilty for their roles in a $93 million kickback fraud scheme involving DME and genetic cancer screening, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Thomas Farese, Pat Truglia, Domenic Gatto, Nicholas Defonte and Christopher Cirri are each charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit health care fraud; while Brian Herbstman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health...

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They say crime doesn't pay. In this case, it appears to have bought a yacht.

January 25, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

I received a press release last week from the DOJ about the latest news in Medicare fraud involving, what else, braces! Juan Camilo Perez Buitrago and two of his employees submitted more than $109 million in false claims for arm, back, knee and shoulder braces. (nothing to see here). But it’s the details that really made me say, WTF? You see, as part of his scheme, Buitrago had the employees, Jessica Jones and Elizabeth Putulin, list his wife, mother and yacht captain as directors for...

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In brief: Initial appointments, guilty pleas, online showroom 

January 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Liz Richter has been named acting administrator of CMS and Norris Cochran has been named acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Richter is an agency veteran who has worked at CMS since 1990, most recently as deputy center director for the Center for Medicare. She began in the Bureau of Policy Development working on inpatient hospital payment policy. She subsequently worked on a variety of Medicare payment issues. She has also served as director of the...

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Two charged in $109M brace scheme 

January 22, 2021HME News Staff

BOSTON – Two women have pleaded guilty to charges they participated in a scam to defraud Medicare of more than $109 million by filing false claims for orthotic braces. Jessica Jones, 30, of Louisville Colo., and Elizabeth Putulin, 30, of Coconut Creek, Fla., who have each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspired with their employer, Juan Camilo Perez Buitrago, to submit more than $109 million in false and fraudulent claims for DME, such...

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CMS touts decreased improper payment rate

November 17, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS says its aggressive corrective actions have led to an estimated $15 billion reduction in Medicare fee-for-service improper payments since 2016. The Medicare fee-for-service estimated improper rate decreased to 6.27% in fiscal year 2020, compared to 7.25% in FY 2019, the fourth consecutive year the rate has been below the 10% threshold for compliance established in the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019. “We must ensure that fraud and abuse doesn't rob the program of...

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CMS 'locks door to vault'

September 6, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS has issued a final rule that creates several new revocation and denial authorities to bolster the agency's efforts to stop waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP.The Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process, CMS-6058-FC, contains a new “affiliations” authority that allows CMS to identify individuals and organizations that pose an undue risk of fraud, waste and abuse based on their relationships with other previously sanctioned entities....

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$24 million Medicare fraud alleged

September 30, 2014HME News Staff

HOUSTON- Angel Mirabal, of Miami, was arrested Sept. 26 on charges of scheming to defraud Medicare. From April 2013 to July 2013, Mirabal allegedly conspired to bill Medicare $24 million in fraudulent claims for reimbursement through Quick Solutions Medical Supplies. According to the indictment said Mirabal and his co-conspirators used fraudulent shell companies to launder and disburse the proceeds from the health care fraud scheme.

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California man gets 121 months in jail for fraud

July 10, 2014HME News Staff

LOS ANGELES - Vahe Tahmasian has been sentenced to 121 months in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, six counts of health care fraud and six counts of aggravated identity theft, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Between April 2009 and February 2011, Tahmasian and co-conspirator Erik Mkhitarian, owners of Orthomed Appliance, a DME supply company in West Hollywood, allegedly stole the identity of beneficiaries and doctors from patient...

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HME provider faces prison time, fines

June 18, 2014HME News Staff

BATON ROUGE, La. - A federal court jury has found Ahaoma Boniface Ohia, owner of All-Star Medical Supplies, guilty of wire fraud, it was announced June 12. Ohia was accused of billing Medicare for durable medical equipment that was less expensive than what was provided or that wasn't provided at all, according to a press release. Ohia, who was taken into custody after the verdict, faces up to 140 years in prison, fines of up to $1.75 million, and restitution to victims.

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