June 2018

How to Respond to a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Investigative Subpoena

By |2024-03-14T10:00:35-04:00June 1, 2018|Medicaid, Medicaid audit, The Health Law Firm Blog|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Christopher E. Brown, J.D.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) is a division of the Florida Office of Attorney General. It is in charge of investigating and prosecuting health care providers suspected of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program.  When the unit opens a case against a provider, the first step is usually the issuance of an investigative subpoena, requesting specific patient records.  The practice tips below were prepared to assist a health care provider in properly responding to such a subpoena and being prepared to defend oneself.

It is important […]

Florida Woman Arrested for $400,000 Medicaid Fraud Scheme

By |2024-03-14T10:00:45-04:00June 1, 2018|Home health care facility, In the News, Medicaid, Medicaid audit, The Health Law Firm Blog|

Lance Leider headshotBy Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm

The owner of Homecare Unlimited, LLC, in Jacksonville, Florida, has allegedly been arrested for defrauding Medicaid out of more than $400,000, according to the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG). The owner is charged with billing Florida’s Aged and Disabled Adult Waiver Program for services not rendered and billing for services to ineligible recipients. This Medicaid fraud scheme allegedly happened between January 2008 and June 2011.

To read the press release from the AG, click here.

Business Owner Accused of Fraud and Grand Theft.

The Florida Times-Union states that some of the people the business owner claimed to have provided services for […]

Speech Therapist Arrested for Billing Medicaid $500,000 for Work at Florida Day Care Centers While Living in Illinois

By |2024-03-14T10:00:47-04:00June 1, 2018|Medicaid, Medicaid audit, The Health Law Firm Blog|

6 Indest-2008-3By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

A speech therapist was arrested on March 29, 2013, for allegedly billing Medicaid more than $500,000 for services that she did not provide, according to the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG). The speech therapist now faces charges of Medicaid fraud and grand larceny.

Click here to read the press release from the AG.

Billed Medicaid for Services Provided in Florida, While Living in Illinois.

According to an article in The Palm Beach Post, authorities began investigating the speech therapist when they received a tip that she was overbilling for services provided. During the investigation […]

$24 Million Medicaid Fraud Scheme Alleged by Connecticut Attorney General

By |2024-03-14T10:00:31-04:00June 1, 2018|Medicaid, The Health Law Firm Blog|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Connecticut’s Attorney General, George Jepsen, alleges that 28 individuals, dental practices and corporations were involved in a $24 million Medicaid fraud scheme. He filed a civil action  on May 31, 2012. It is the first case the state has initiated under the Connecticut False Claims Act. The Connecticut False Claims Act gives the state the ability to seek compensation for taxpayers from those who submit false claims for reimbursements they are not eligible to receive. To view the Connecticut False Claims Act, click here.

The complaint seeks restitution, […]

May 2018

The Lone Star State’s New Task Force to Take a Bite Out of Medicaid Dental Fraud

By |2024-03-14T10:01:43-04:00May 15, 2018|Board of Dentistry, Dental Law, Dentist Defense attorney, Dentists|

Headshot of attorney George IndestGeorge F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

There’s a new task force riding into Texas. According to The Texas Tribune, the Texas Attorney General’s (AG) Office and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) have teamed up to increase investigations of fraud in the state’s Medicaid dental program for children. The article, published on October 10, 2012, states the creation of the Medicaid and orthodontic task force was created in response to a significant increase in fraud by Medicaid providers.

To read the full article from The Texas Tribune, click here.

Everything is Bigger […]

Director of Center for Developmentally Challenged Adults Accused of Medicaid Fraud

By |2024-03-14T10:01:49-04:00May 15, 2018|Medicare Fraud, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Counselor Law|

By George F. Indest III J.D., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

The director of a center for developmentally challenged adults in Okaloosa County, Florida, was arrested on August 16, 2012, for allegedly fraudulently billing Medicaid for more than $270,000 for services under the Medicaid Developmentally Disabled Waiver Program, according to the Attorney General’s (AG) office.

To read the entire press release from the AG’s office, click here.

Director Allegedly Submitted False Claims for Non-Billable Services and Falsified Hours.

According to the press release, in 2009, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) began investigating the center after it […]

Central Florida Mental Health Counselor Accused of Heading Up $3 Million Medicaid Fraud Scheme

By |2024-03-14T10:01:50-04:00May 15, 2018|Medicaid audit, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Counselor Law|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law, and Michael L. Smith, J.D., R.R.T., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

A registered mental-health counselor is accused of running a $3 million Medicaid scheme through the mental health facility she owned, according to the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG). On March 27, 2013, the facility owner was arrested. She faces charges of racketeering, Medicaid fraud and identity theft. According to the AG, local, state and federal law enforcement officers were all involved in the investigation.

Click here to read the press release from the AG.

Mental Health Counselor Reportedly Billed […]

Advice for Nurses Regarding Department of Health Investigations

By |2024-03-14T10:01:54-04:00May 15, 2018|Administrative Complaints, Administrative Hearing, Board of Nursing, CRNA, Defense, Department of Health, Discipline, Insurance, Malpractice|

by George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M.
Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

We see and hear about a lot of incorrect legal advice being given to nurses regarding what they should do if they are being investigated.

The incorrect advice being given even includes mailings they may have received containing a brochure “What Every Nurse Needs to Know” published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. It gives advice in response to the question: “What should you do if you are the subject of a complaint?” It advises the nurse to contact the Board of Nursing (BON) immediately in such an event and states that the complaint will be handled in a “fair and appropriate […]

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