HEAT Strike Force

HEAT Strike Force Enforcement Takes an International Turn

(October 17, 2010): Medicare’s HEAT Strike Force is actively tracking down wrongdoers. The FBI has announced the arrest of 73 defendants, a number of which are allegedly members of an international organized crime organization, as part of one of the largest criminal health care fraud cases ever brought. It is estimated that these individuals are …

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Additional Cities will have HEAT Teams in 2011

(August 27, 2010): Additional cities will be getting Medicare fraud HEAT teams. Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder and U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conducted the second of a planned series of “Regional Health Care Fraud Prevention Summits.” In addition to these agency heads, participants learned of current and …

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Medicare Fraud Strike Force Operation Leads to Charges against 94 Defendants, including 4 in South Texas

(July 17, 2010): Yesterday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against 94 physicians, medical assistants, and health care company owners and executives in connection with alleged false Medicare claims amounting to more than $251 million. 24 defendants from Miami account for approximately $103 million of that amount. Four defendants were charged in Houston for …

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HEAT Strike Force Update: Prosecutions in Texas Increased in March 2010

(April 3, 2010): The Federal government is taking considerable steps to stop Medicare fraud and abuse. Notably, the number of publicly-disclosed HEAT Strike Force investigations and prosecutions in Texas significantly increased last month. Two of the cases disclosed involved mental health professionals: A Psychologist was convicted of health care fraud and money laundering, in connection …

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