Detroit Nurse Will Spend Time Behind Bars for Signing False Medicare Claims

indest1By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

A Detroit-area registered nurse was sentenced on November 19, 2012, to 30 months in federal prison for his alleged part in a nearly $13.8 million Medicare fraud scheme. According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release, he will serve probation after being released from prison. He was also ordered to pay more than $450,000 in restitution, together with his co-defendants.

Click here to read the entire press release from the DOJ.

Nurse Paid Handsomely for Signing False Claims.

According to the nurse’s plea agreement, from December 2008 through September 2011, he was paid to sign medical records for a home health care agency that billed Medicare for services that were allegedly never rendered. The man reportedly admitted to not seeing or treating the Medicare beneficiaries for whom he signed medical documentation. He also admitted to knowing that the documents he signed were being used for false claims. According to an article from Health Exec News, the man was paid around $150 for each fake file that he signed.

To read the article from Health Exec News, click here.

Case Investigated by Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

Nine alleged co-defendants in this case have pleaded guilty and are waiting to be sentenced, while three others are fugitives and six more are awaiting trial, according to the DOJ. In total, the home health agency was paid close to $13.8 million by Medicare.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

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Sources:

Health Exec News. “Medicare Fraud Scheme: Nurse Gets Jail Time for Signing False Claims.” Health Exec News. (November 23, 2012). From: http://healthexecnews.com/nurse-medicare-fraud-scheme

Department of Justice. “Detroit-Area Nurse Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Role in $13.8 Million Home Health Care Fraud Scheme.” Department of Justice. (November 19, 2012). From: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/November/12-crm-1389.html

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone:  (407) 331-6620.

 

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MedVance Institute Will Retrain Some Students and Donate $600,000 in Scholarships

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Joanne Kenna, J.D., R.N.

MedVance Institute, which is a healthcare training school with four Florida campuses, reached an agreement with the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG) on June 13, 2012. MedVance was alleged to have made misleading marketing claims to students. Under the agreement, the for-profit college is required to offer retraining to eligible students who attended specific programs between January 1, 2008, and March 31, 2012, at no cost. MedVance also agreed to direct $600,000 to Florida scholarships.

MedVance Institute has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Port St. Lucie, and West Palm Beach.

Click here to see the full press release from the AG.

Potential Students Claimed the School’s Marketing Campaign was Misleading.

The AG initiated the investigation due to complaints about alleged misrepresentation in the school’s marketing to potential students relating to the admission process, deadlines for enrollment, and cost of programs.

Full Terms of the Agreement.

According to the agreement between the AG’s office and MedVance, the school has agreed to:

- clearly and conspicuously disclose specific information relating to the school’s accreditation, state licensing requirements, and financial aid;

- not make certain representations;

- modify its arbitration provisions so that students can receive quick resolutions to pending grievances;

- offer retraining to students who attended specific MedVance programs between January 1, 2008, and March 31, 2012, and were unable to find employment despite diligent efforts.

To view the full agreement, click here.

MedVance Offers a Number of Different Courses. 

According to its online materials, MedVance has programs in the following healthcare professions:

 – Cardiovascular Technology

 – Dental Assisting

 – Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician

 – Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

 – Medical Office Administration

 – Information Technology & Biomedical Technician

 – Medical Assistant/Medical Assisting

 – Medical Laboratory Technology

 – Pharmacy Technician

 – Radiologic Technology

 – Surgical Technology

 – Practical Nursing

Contact a Health Care Attorney that is Experienced in the Representation of Medical Students, Interns, Residents and Applicants.

The Health Law Firm and its attorneys represent medical school students in disputes with their medical schools, internship supervisors, and in dismissal hearings. We have represented residents, interns and fellows in various disputes regarding their academic and clinical performance, allegations of substance abuse, failure to complete integral parts training, alleged false or incomplete statements on applications, allegations of impairment (because of abuse or addiction to drugs or alcohol or because of mental or physical issues), because of discrimination due to race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation and on other matters.

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To contact The Health Law Firm please call (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.

Sources:

Kamph, Stefan and Parker, Chris. “For-Profit Colleges Cheat Students and Get Away With It.” Miami News Times. (August 2, 2012). From: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2012-08-02/news/for-profit-colleges-cheat-students-and-get-away-with-it/2/

Turner, Jim. “Pam Bondi: MedVance to Offer Retraining, Direct Scholarships to Florida.” Sunshine State News. (June 13, 2012). From: http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/print/4987463

Meale, Jenn. “Attorney General Bondi’s Office Reaches Agreement with MedVance Institute to Retrain Students and Donate $600,000 to Florida Scholarships.” Florida Office of the Attorney General. (June 13, 2012). From: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/F3599CFFCC64359A85257A1C006A3B0C

About the Authors: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone:  (407) 331-6620.

Joanne Kenna, J.D., R.N., is an attorney with The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

“The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
Copyright © 1996-2012 The Health Law Firm. All rights reserved.