Compliance News Roundup: OIG Workplan Additions, Aug. 2019: What You Need to Know

1. Doctor Pleads Guilty to Upcoding Medicare Claims - Dr. Joseph X. Latella, operator of a private practice in Webster City, Iowa, was convicted of making false statements relating to healthcare claims. Dr. Latella had been under investigation regarding concerns he was upcoding claims that were later submitted to Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Latella admitted to causing $9,218.73 in false claims that were later paid by Medicaid. Dr. Latella will pay over $107K to Medicare and $9.2M to Medicaid for their losses. Get the full story >>

2. Surgeon Charged In Connection With $60 Million Healthcare Fraud, $49 Million in Laundering - On July 10, 2019 an indictment was unsealed charging Dr. Vasso Godiali, a Chicago-area vascular surgeon, with operating a $60 million healthcare fraud scheme. Godiali was also charged with laundering the $49 million he made from the scheme. The indictment also alleges Godiali used billing software to improperly maximize the payments made by Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Get the full scoop >>

3. Deeper Than the Headlines: OIG Workplan Additions, Aug. 2019: What You Need to Know - This month the OIG release a bevy of new additions to their annual workplan. There was a lot to cover, so head over to our Deeper than the headlines and read our rundown of the items we feel are most important for you and your organization to be aware of, and what you can do to proactively protect yourself. Dive deeper >>

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