The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) is alerting the public about a remote patient monitoring fraud scheme.
According to the watchdog agency, “unscrupulous companies are signing up Medicare enrollees for this service, regardless of medical necessity.” They may do it through phone solicitation, ads on the Internet or even television commercials.
Beneficiaries may receive calls from durable medical equipment companies (DME) or pharmacies. Medical equipment may or may not be sent to the Medicare beneficiary. In most instances, there isn’t even monthly monitoring. Regardless, the billing begins.