Uncategorized — February 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

Cracking down on Medicare fraud


When President Obama talks about part of Medicare reform being cracking down on fraud, this is what he is talking about:

In the largest federal Medicare fraud sting in the nation’s history, authorities arrested 111 doctors, nurses, physical therapists and others in Detroit and eight other cities Thursday for allegedly submitting more than $225 million in bogus bills.

The latest indictments in Detroit — where federal agencies said they are continuing their fraud investigations — involve 21 people charged with trying to bilk Medicare of more than $23 million, often for care never rendered.


For example:

  • Surya Nallani, a Birmingham geriatrician, was out of the country when she allegedly billed Medicare for $441,852 in home care services that required her to be present when care is given, the indictment charges.
  • Errol Sherman, an Oak Park podiatrist, submitted more than $700,000 in billings to Medicare for toenail clipping treatments and other services he did not perform, the indictment said.
  • Mehran Javidan, owner of Acure Home Care, a Troy-based home health care agency, was charged with submitting false claims to Medicare for physical therapy services that were never provided. Javidan also offered and paid kickbacks and bribes to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for their Medicare numbers, according to the indictment.

These crooks are doctors.

Since it was started in 2007 under President Bush, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has busted almost 1,000 people who have bilked the Medicare system for over $2 billion.

I’m just sayin’…