Ah, Medicare fraud. In New York the Russian mafia has been running a Medicare/Medicaid/Insurance racket for years. Don’t ask me how I know. I just do. In addition, in Houston, a network of Mexican gangs colluding with doctors and lawyers ran a Workers Comp and PI racket for years. And then, Texas passed tort reform, changed WC reimbursement law and cut the knees out from them. It was so awesome. The docs and lawyers who were coked up, hooker loving mobsters got put out of business in one day. The legit docs around here laughed at their expense.
The problem with Obama and his ilk is that they’ll use the full force of the Feds to go after fraud but they won’t also deal with the garbage that the laws allow. They don’t want to piss off the Trial Lawyers. And so the scams will get worse. There’s a lot of money to be made.
36 arrested in Medicare scams totaling $251 million
By Kelli Kennedy ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday, July 16, 2010
In a separate Brooklyn case, authorities indicted six patients who shopped their Medicare numbers to various clinics. More than 3,744 claims were submitted on behalf of one woman in the past six years. The patients did not receive the services billed to Medicare, authorities said.
Today’s arrests illustrate how health care fraud schemes can replicate virally and migrate rapidly across communities, said Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Medicare.
Federal authorities launched a strike force in Miami in 2007 to target the problem. The program has since expanded to seven cities and is responsible for more than 720 indictments that collectively have billed the Medicare program for more than $1.6 billion.