tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2004 Issue 39

Enforcement Watch: Operation Wheeler Dealer Rolls Over Houston Doc

Providers should make sure their paperwork can stand up to increased scrutiny.The Texas fraud indictments over power wheelchair fraud just keep coming, with the latest scam allegedly netting the perpetrators $13 million.It's a scenario that's become all too familiar: Houston physician Callie Hall Herpin and office manager Etta Mae Williams accepted $200 per patient for false paperwork "authorizing motorized wheelchairs," Texas U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby charges.Most beneficiaries Herpin certified didn't qualify for motorized wheelchairs, and many were never even in Herpin's office, according to an indictment unsealed Oct. 1. False medical records were created...

To read the full article, sign in and subscribe to tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement.

Keep pace with evolving Medicare regulations — and onboard your team — with timely analysis of critical updates interpreted in an easy-to-follow, easy-to-apply format. Your subscription to TCI's Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement Alert will equip you to navigate code and guideline changes, CCI edits, and revisions to modifiers, payer policies, the fee schedule, OIG target areas, and more.

  • Current newsletters added each month
  • Fully searchable archives - over 4200 articles
  • ALL years/issues back to 2003 organized by year and issue
  • Codes mentioned in articles are linked to Code Information pages
  • Code Information pages link back to related articles
Access to this feature is available in the following products:
  • tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement +Archives

free demo
request yours today
for any budget
sign IN
welcome back!