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...

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