$13.8 Million Home Health Care Fraud Brought Down
It seems Medicare Fraud permeates all areas of the health care field as yet another case has come to light in the metro-Detroit area, this time involving a physical therapy clinic. The clinic was involved in a $13.8 million home health care fraud scheme. Physical therapy assistant Ankit Patel of Westland, Michigan pleaded guilty to his involvement in the scheme, admitting to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Beginning in June 2009, Patel falsified medical documents for several different home health care agencies in the Detroit-area. Patel created evaluations, falsified therapy revisit notes and other medical documentation, and signed such documents, validating treatment for physical therapy patients that did not exist. Patel later admitted that he was in fact aware that the false documents he created would be used to support false claims to Medicare.
Over the past few years, Medicare paid out almost $1.5 million to Physicians Choice Home Health Care LLC, Quantum Home Care Inc., and Moonlite Home Care Inc. – three companies that benefited from Patel’s involvement.
As a result of his involvement in the fraudulent scheme, Patel faces a maximum of 10 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine. However, Patel is not alone in these charges. Ten others have pleaded guilty to involvement. One has already been sentenced: Hetal Barot was sentenced to 30 months in prison for her involvement for the same criminal charge. Patel is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
These charges were brought about by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, an agency that has charged more than 1,480 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $4.8 billion.
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