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Kevin Ryan Quoted in Article, “Caught in the Dragnet: Feds Clamp Down on Medicare Abuse”

Crain's Chicago Business

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."