Monday, May 9, 2011

S. Florida, Medicare Fraud, $200 million -- anybody surprised

DoJ announced that:

Two Miami-area corporations, American Therapeutic Corporation (ATC) and Medlink Professional Management Group Inc., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Miami for a fraud scheme that resulted in the submission of more than $200 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced.  According to court documents, ATC is a Florida corporation headquartered in Miami that operated purported partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) in seven different locations throughout South Florida and Orlando, Fla.  A PHP is a form of intensive treatment for severe mental illness. 
Medlink is a Florida corporation headquartered in Miami that purported to act as a “management company” for health care businesses.  In reality, ATC and a related company, the American Sleep Institute (ASI), were Medlink’s only clients.  ATC and Medlink are each charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a superseding indictment unsealed on Feb. 15, 2011.  ATC is also charged in the superseding indictment with health care fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive illegal health care kickbacks.


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