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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announced on May 8 that Michigan Ear Care PLLC and James Aronovitz, D.O. agreed to pay over $2 million to resolve allegations that they submitted false claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Aronovitz allegedly billed for ear care services under his own National Provider

On April 11, the medical director and the owner of a pain clinic in Kentucky were sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme to defraud federal healthcare programs and commercial insurance companies for medically unnecessary urine drug testing. Previously, in March 2023, the clinic’s medical director, William Lawrence Siefert, was convicted of healthcare

On April 10, Virginia-based nurse practitioner Daphne Jenkins was sentenced to prison for her participation in a $7.8 million telemedicine fraud scheme that involved medically unnecessary orders for durable medical equipment (DME). As part of the scheme, Medicare claims were submitted based on false documentation and tainted by kickbacks.  

The orders Jenkins signed were pre-populated

On February 6, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a $4.75 million settlement with Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) for a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI). The settlement stems from an internal investigation that found that an employee of the New York hospital system sold patient information to an

On December 19, Michael Lonski, a Greenwich psychologist, was sentenced to a 27-month prison term and three more years of supervised release for a scheme to defraud Medicaid. Lonski submitted over 80,000 claims from 2014 to 2019, and in calendar year 2017 he submitted claims for services on all but one day—including holidays and weekends.

On May 2, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that the United States has filed a complaint under the False Claims Act (FCA) against James McGuckin, an interventional radiologist. The complaint alleges that McGuckin and his affiliated entities billed Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for more than

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued Dear Adult Care Facility Administrator Letter (DACF) #23-02 on March 29 announcing that adult homes, enriched housing programs, and assisted living residences will have a new electronic Incident Reporting mechanism—the Drupal Survey. The Drupal Survey will replace the previous incident reporting method via the Health Commerce

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) adopted regulations effective February 22, 2023, which clarify certain resident admission and retention standards applicable to adult care facilities (ACFs), including adult homes, residences for adults, and enriched housing programs. The DOH stated that its rationale for the changes is to ensure that ACFs comply with the

An audit by the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) found that John Gore, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, improperly billed and received over $1 million in Medicaid payments for services provided between 2016 and 2020. Gore will be required to repay the sum of $1,160,371. 

Significantly, Gore billed for clinical level