Compliance News Roundup: The OIG: Things Just Got Real

1. Lewiston-Auburn Men Indicted for Health Care Fraud – “United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced today that a federal Grand Jury sitting in Portland handed down an indictment charging Abdirashid Ahmed, 38, of Lewiston and Garat Osman, 32, of Auburn, with health care fraud involving the MaineCare program and soliciting and receiving health care kickbacks from May 2015 through December 2017.” Get the full scoop >>

2. Springfield Doctor Convicted by Jury of Illegally Sharing Patient Medical Files – “A Springfield gynecologist was convicted today in connection with allowing a pharmaceutical sales representative to access patient records and lying to federal investigators. Rita Luthra, M.D., 67, of Longmeadow, was convicted by a federal jury of one count of violation of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act and one count of obstruction of a criminal health care investigation. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni has not yet scheduled sentencing.” Get the full scoop >>

3. The OIG: Things Just Got Real – Ever wonder how the OIG investigates fraud? What do they look for? What challenges to they face? Well, the OIG has recently released a 5-episode podcast series called,“This is Real,” which follows HHS OIG special agents as they work to uncover the complex fraud schemes, expose the greed of those involved, and bring the criminals to justice. And all of this is real! This is Real is produced by the Department of Health and Humans Services, Office of Inspector General. Get the full scoop >>

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