More than a dozen people from California to Florida have been charged in connection with a COVID-19 testing scam that defrauded millions of Medicare patients, the Justice Department said. The scammers offered COVID-19 tests in order to get the Medicare numbers of unsuspecting patients and then charged them for other expensive medical procedures. The billings exceeded $140 million. Chris Schrank, assistant inspector general for investigations with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said these schemes have “evolved to another level.” “At a time when most Americans pulled together… a small percentage of individuals have decided to steal from programs valuable to those who are most in need,” he said. The Justice Department’s criminal division, the FBI , U.S. attorney’s offices in seven states, as well as the HHS inspector general’s office and other agencies are looking into the case. For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below: Wednesday’s charges look back to the early months of the pandemic, when there was a high demand for COVID tests still in short supply. Also, Medicare had loosened its restrictive policies on telemedicine consultations, to keep older patients out of medical offices where the virus might spread. And the government… Read full this story
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