Published on December 5, 2012 at 4:24 AM
The Wall Street Journal: Medicare Fraud Is Charged
A Tennessee-based nursing-care company systematically defrauded Medicare of millions of dollars by pressuring therapists to perform expensive, unnecessary treatments, according to a recently unsealed federal complaint. The filing against Life Care Centers of America Inc. is part of an investigation by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services into high-priced nursing care. The inspector general reported last month that Medicare loses about $1.5 billion annually from overbilling by skilled-nursing facilities (Burton, 12/3).
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