I See Dead People

Atlanta doctor fraudulently bills Medicare and Medicaid for treating dead people. Both Medicare and Medicaid are bleeding red ink and politicians promise to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse but yet this doc stole almost $1 million from the taxpayer before government figured out there was a problem.

The AJC reports:

Robert Williams had obtained a contract to provide group counseling for patients in a number of assisted-living homes, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Williams received more than $975,000 in reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare for claims submitted from July 2007 to October 2009, and an investigation showed he billed to counsel some clients who were dead at the time.

Sally died last night? No problem, just prop her up and roll her into the session.

In two cases, prosecutors said, one of the so-called patients had died more than a year before he was allegedly seen by Williams. Numerous other claims were submitted to Medicare and Medicaid for group psychological therapy when the client was actually hospitalized at the time and could not have received the care, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

No wonder folks seem enamored with Medicare. If they will pay to treat dead people imagine how easy it is to get claims paid on live people.

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