Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Florida Cracks Down On Miami DME Fraud

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The Miami Herald reports, Florida probes Miami-area medical-equipment kickbacks - Medicaid investigators are targeting fraud in Miami-Dade County, zeroing in on questionable billing for medical equipment. They report investigations of providers suspected of bilking the state healthcare program for low-income people by billing for oxygen concentrators that are not medically needed. Investigators also visited more than 120 Medicaid patients, some of whom may have received kickbacks from medical equipment suppliers for ordering their products.

Of note, investigators indicate that unnecessary billing for oxygen concentrators has been a particular problem over the past five years. According to Holly Benson, secretary for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, said fraudulent billing for oxygen concentrators is the latest scam ailing Medicaid, which spent $90 million on medical equipment in fiscal 2007-08. About 25 percent of that spending, funded by state and federal taxes, was in Miami-Dade.

In summary, it's especially important to have things in order if you're near Miami and billing for oxygen concentrators.

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