Making good on warnings issued last week, the Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Attorney General’s office announced Thursday that 91 providers have been charged with a total of $430 million in Medicare fraud.
More than half of the indictments involved home healthcare fraud. Another $149 million in charges stemmed from fraudulent claims involving either behavioral health services or emergency transport.
The announcement also includes charges of illegal billing practices for occupational and physical therapy, psychotherapy and the use of durable medical equipment.
“Today’s enforcement actions reveal an alarming and unacceptable trend of individuals attempting to exploit federal health care programs to steal billions in taxpayer dollars for personal gain,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a press statement. “Such activities not only siphon precious taxpayer resources, drive up healthcare costs, and jeopardize the strength of the Medicare program – they also disproportionately victimize the most vulnerable members of society, including elderly, disabled and impoverished Americans.”