Kevin Ryan, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Chicago office, was quoted in an article titled “Caught in the Dragnet: Feds Clamp Down on Medicare Abuse.”
Following is an excerpt:
Physicians and home health agencies in the Chicago area have submitted reimbursement claims for patients who were dead at the time a service was allegedly provided. Some claimed to be working more than 24 hours in a single day. Others go for run-of-the-mill grifting, billing for pricey power wheelchairs while giving patients less expensive scooters. …
With the increased enforcement, experts say local providers have been beefing up audits and hiring consultants to sift through the complicated Medicare regulations to ensure they don’t become a target.
“You see a lot of providers spending significant amounts of money to make sure they don’t get into problems,” says Kevin Ryan, a partner at Chicago-based Epstein Becker & Green P.C. who focuses on health care law. “I think clients were concerned about fraud in the past. I’m just not sure they were necessarily as proactive.”