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3 Common Healthcare Fraud Schemes

Scroll through any law enforcement or OIG newsroom, and you’ll quickly learn that healthcare fraud comes in many shapes and sizes. There is no one-size-fits-all fraud scheme adopted by those looking to exploit the system for a buck (or a few million). This is what makes healthcare fraud such a persistent problem. Fraud examiners, enforcement…

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Fraud Spotlight: The Unscrupulous Ophthalmologist

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been discussing some ways that unscrupulous providers take advantage of the system for their personal gain. But what about those underhanded providers who not only take advantage of the system itself, with things like services not rendered, medically unnecessary services, upcoding, and the slew of vernacular, but those same…

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Upcoding vs. Downcoding

Physicians and their billing/coding staff have an established history with, and an acute awareness of upcoding and overpayments. In fact, unless they’re operating within a fraudulent billing scheme, they’re avoiding the practice of upcoding all together. Upcoding is arguably the most common red flag in both audit selections and audit results, making it a serious…

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