Alleged MU Health Care Fraud Among Many Cases Nationally

5 years 11 months 5 days ago Thursday, June 14 2012 Jun 14, 2012 Thursday, June 14, 2012 6:37:00 AM CDT June 14, 2012 in News
By: Kerry Leary
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COLUMBIA- The University of Missouri Health Care's Radiology Department is under federal investigation for alleged Medicare billing fraud, but this is not the only recent case in the country.

The University of Maryland, Temple University and Mercy Hospital in Saint Louis are just a few of the most recent federal medical fraud investigation cases.

The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association has a list of the most common medical fraud practices in the United States on their website. They include:

  • Billing for medical services that never took place.
  • Billing for more expensive services than were provided.
  • Providing unnecessary medical services to generate insurance payments. 
  • Giving false diagnoses to justify unnecessary tests and other procedures. 

Although a small percentage of health care professionals participate in medical fraud, one of their greatest targets is the elderly. A survey on Wall Street Journal's Market Watch said four out of five experts say financial abuse of the elderly is worsening. The White House is holding an annual event on Thursday to address the financial exploitation of the elderly throughout the United States.

Accusations against MU Health Care include billing for services that allegedly were not provided. Two doctors in MU Health Care's Radiology Department have already resigned over preliminary results of the ongoing federal investigation.

The Anti-Fraud Resource Center recommends taking time to research health care insurance policies and never to give personal information over the phone.

 

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