2013 Washington News Archive
July 31, 2013
Former CEO/Owner of Home Health Care Provider Sentenced To Prison For Falsifying Records Involving a Federal Audit
Jeannette N. Awasum, the former owner of a health care provider, was sentenced today to eight months of incarceration on a federal charge stemming from falsifying records in connection with a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services audit.
July 3, 2013
Medical Firm to Pay $14.5 Million to Settle Overbilling Allegations
Sound Inpatient Physicians Inc. will pay $14.5 million to settle allegations that it overbilled Medicare and other federal health care programs, the Justice Department announced today. Sound Physicians is a Tacoma, Wash.-based provider of hospitalists and other physicians to hospitals and other medical facilities. It employs more than 700 hospitalists and post-acute physicians, who provide services at 70 hospitals and a growing network of post-acute facilities in 22 states.
June 20, 2013
Lakewood Oncologist to Pay $3.1 Million to Settle Health Care Fraud Claims
Dr. Alfred H. Chan, an oncologist in Lakewood, Washington, and his family, have agreed to pay the United States $3.1 million to settle allegations that he and his wife defrauded federal health care programs by significantly and repeatedly overbilling for cancer treatment medications. From at least April 2006 through April 2009, the government contends that Dr. Chan and his wife Judy Chan intentionally inflated claims to Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care programs, resulting in a loss to the government estimated at over $1 million. Today's settlement represents a recovery of almost three times the estimated loss to federal health care programs.
June 13, 2013
Spokane area woman charged with $30K in Medicaid fraud
The Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) has charged an Otis Orchards woman with one count of 1st degree theft and two counts of making a false statement to obtain a Medicaid payment.