Friday, April 8, 2011

South Texas rivals South Florida for health care fraud

South Florida is notorious for being the cesspool of health care fraud in the U.S.  But I've started to notice that South Texas has become the hotbed for health care fraud.  It's the Wild Wild West in South Texas (Victoria, Laredo, McAllen, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Mission, Harligen, Edinburg, Hidalgo).  One problem is geographical distance.  The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas has jurisdiction over the Valley, but, with its headquarters in Houston, is hundreds of miles away.  Fortunately, that office has staffed with some of the best health care fraud lawyers in the country.  And the current U.S. Attorney is from Laredo.  But compounding the problem is that almost all of the federal agents that investigate health care fraud (HHS, DCIS, FBI, VA-OIG) are also in Houston.  

Click here for a recent posting on this subject. 

Click here for a recent DoJ press release about the indictment of a McAllen DME provider.

Click here for another recent DoJ press release about the indictment of a McAllen urologist for Medicare fraud crimes.

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