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Medicare Kickback Bust in Chicago Hinged on Wired Colleagues
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/782777

Two executives of a hospital in Chicago, Illinois, along with 3 physicians and a podiatrist were arrested by federal agents April 16 for allegedly conspiring to give and receive illegal kickbacks for referring Medicare and Medicaid patients in a case built with "wired" colleagues who had flipped for law enforcement.

The 6 individuals could face more charges as the FBI and the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) sift through records seized from the hospital in their investigation of other alleged fraud schemes. In one of them, outlined in a criminal complaint, a pulmonologist supposedly performed a high number of intubations and prolonged them through heavy sedation so that the patients could not breathe on their own, which set them up for tracheotomies.

Annals of Criminal Medicine: The art of disguising Medicare kickbacks http://bit.ly/ZAIPCz

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