U.S — Frewsburg Chiropractor Pleads Guilty To Healthcare Fraud 

From the Post-Journal news article: Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant, then a full-time teacher at Salamanca High School and a part time chiropractor in Salamanca submitted false claims for payment to Medicare and private insurance companies seeking reimbursement for health care services allegedly provided in […]

U.S — Passaic doctor loses license over dangerous drug 

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From the  news article: The doctor’s license revocation is permanent: No application to practice medicine will be considered  from him “at any point in the future,” the state Board of Medical Examiners said. In addition, he must divest himself of any financial interest – now or in the future – in the practice of medicine. […]

U.S — Owner of Randallstown medical company pleads guilty to extortion, health care conspiracy 

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From the Fox 45  news article: Harry Crawford, 56, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the extortion, as well as to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with schemes to defraud Medicaid and other health benefit programs, and conspiracy to defraud the United States for not reporting income from the health care fraud scheme […]

U.S — Houston-area man gets 30 years in prison for Medicare fraud 

From the Chron news article: Chimaroke Echenwune was found guilty of trying to scam more than $1.3 million from Medicare and Medicaid through an ambulance company he ran with his wife, according to a press release from the Texas attorney general. That company, Diamex EMS, billed mentally handicapped patients for hospital transports that never occurred, […]

U.S. — 2 Individuals Charged in $31-Million Health Care Fraud Scheme 

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From the Pharmacy Times news article: …Additionally, Francois also falsely stated that none of the Atlantic pharmacists had been disciplined by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Francois had actually owned a pharmacy that the DEA suspended in 2004. The defendants allegedly submitted $37 million in false and fraudulent claims to TRICARE and FEHBP through […]

Dallas-Area Doctor Convicted of Fraud Faces $1.2M Penalty 

From the WBAP 24/7 News article: Government officials have obtained a more than $1.2 million judgment against a North Texas physician serving 11 years in prison for health care fraud. Dr. Tariq Mahmood of Cedar Hill was named in Monday’s judgment announced in Tyler. Mahmood in 2014 was convicted of conspiracy, identity theft and health care […]

U.S. — Kentucky Doctor Found Guilty of Performing Unnecessary Heart Procedures 

From the Insurance Journal news article: …The statement says evidence presented during the 7-week trial showed that Paulus performed cardiac stent procedures on more than 70 patients who didn’t need them at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland from 2008 until 2013. The statement says he falsified records to make it appear that the procedures […]

U.S. — FDA says cooperation is essential on cybersecurity 

Full Screen Terminal on OS X by Ian Brown

From the Security Info Watch news article: …Looking the other way is not the correct response, even if the device is old or was made by a different company. Rather, the FDA wants a company to do a full risk assessment and if a risk is severe, to do a “coordinated disclosure” of information about vulnerabilities […]

U.S. — Patients’ medical data lost after ransomware attack at Calif. healthcare provider 

Credit Card Theft by Don Hankins

From the Security Info Watch news article: …The computer records of Marin Medical Practice Concepts, a Novato company that provides medical billing and electronic medical records services to many Marin physicians, were hacked on July 26. As a result, some Marin doctors were unable to access their patients’ medical records for more than a week. Responding […]

U.S. — Health Diagnostic Laboratory Executives Accused of Fraud 

From the Nasdaq news article: Executives who ran Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc., a bankrupt Virginia blood-testing lab that health regulators accused of paying kickbacks to doctors, have been sued for allegedly carrying out illegal business practices that plaintiffs say caused the company more than $600 million in damages. Health Diagnostic Laboratory’s top leaders “continuously violated […]