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Fifth Individual Charged in Health Care Kickback Conspiracy

The defendants are alleged to have conspired to pay and receive kickbacks in exchange for physicians’ orders that were used to submit claims for payment to federal health care programs.  The conspirators obtained patient information, including protected health information and personally identifiable information, and used the information to create fictitious physicians’ orders.  The conspirators then […]

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Stark + AKS Final Rules

The final rules for changes to the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute (healthcare fraud & abuse laws) have been published and go into effect on January 19, 2020. Of course, health lawyers love this stuff, but it could impact other practice areas too. Transaction attorneys, you already know to be very careful if your transaction […]

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Houston physician sentenced to prison for $17M billing fraud

Yolanda Hamilton, MD, was found guilty by a federal jury of participating in a Medicare scheme that involved signing false “plans of care” and other medical documents for home health services that were used to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare. She allegedly received $30,000 in kickbacks during the four-year scheme. Prosecutors alleged that Dr. Hamilton […]

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Two charged in prescription and kickback scheme

An 11-count indictment unsealed on Friday charges former Kindred Home Health employee Amber Price, 37, and Christopher Cruz, 46, owner of a medical marketing business, CP Cruz Management Group, LLC (Cruz), with one count of conspiracy to violate the federal anti-kickback law. Under the alleged scheme, Price and Cruz would create fraudulent prescriptions using actual […]