tci Part B Insider - 2006 Issue 1

PHYSICIAN NOTES: Respiratory Physician Offered Cigarettes To Patients

Doctor, biller each face 10 years for Medicare fraudHeads up, billers: You're not immune to fraud prosecutions. When Orange County, CA physician Aziz Awad was convicted of 24 counts of health care fraud in federal court, he took his biller Herman Thomas down with him. Awad and Thomas also were convicted of four counts of money laundering. They each face a maximum 10-year sentence, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors alleged Awad and Thomas targeted mentally ill residents at board and care facilities around Southern California, and paid kickbacks to the facilities' owners. They allegedly billed for respiratory treatments...

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