Elder Care Company Nailed in Fraud Probe

Medicaid costsBe very careful when selecting a nursing home for a loved one.

A recent news story, reported on thinkprogress.org, showed that many homes are actively defrauding not only residents but the government.

The head of a company that runs more than 30 nursing homes in Florida has been charged with defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $1 billion over 14 years.

The Department of Justice found that the Esformes Network placed about 14,000 elders in nursing homes even if they didn’t meet the criteria to enroll. Many then received medically unnecessary services that the government was billed for.

In addition, many patients were given narcotics to make them into addicts, forcing them to prolong their stays and be dependent on Medicare.

Doctors in many cases received kickbacks for sending their patients to the homes.

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