For all of our Compliance friends out there, this should serve as another reminder to educate your medical staff not to sign orders for DME or lab testing that come in unsolicited via fax or mail without first confirming with the patient. Scams perpetrated by patient recruiters and unscrupulous DME providers continue to be a focus of the OIG and the DOJ.
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A Reminder to Educate and Train your Medical Staff to help stop FWA
Each of the defendants played a role in defrauding health care benefit programs by offering, paying, soliciting, and receiving kickbacks and bribes in exchange for completed doctors’ orders for durable medical equipment (DME), namely orthotic braces: