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California Heart Monitoring Company Settles Medicare Fraud Claims for $3.6 Mill

Posted Jul 16 2010 12:00am

These folks were apparently using the government contracts to provide reporting on these monitoring devices as a means to practically print money.  They had a number of tricks up their respective sleeves, including unbundling items so that certain parts of a device could be double billed, providing false information from the results, and repeatedly billing for services for the same patient.  This went on for several years before they got the whistle blown on them.

An interesting point is that this seems to be quite the family affair.  In addition to the husband and wife team mentioned in the article, their grown sons served time in a related criminal case. Robert Parsons and Matthew Parsons both pleaded guilty in 2006 to federal health care fraud charges for using their respective cardiac laboratories, and the Holter monitoring technology developed by their grandfather, Bruce Del Mar, to defraud federal insurance programs. Both were sentenced to one year in prison.

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