Health Care Agency Dealing With Accused of Medicaid Fraud
Medicare and Medicaid fraud occurs in nursing homes, home health agencies, and other care facilities and companies.
Right now, the operator of a home health agency based in Minneapolis is accused of filing over $400,000 in fraudulent Medicaid billings. This is the operator’s second bout with legal trouble sine doing business in the city.
Abshir M. Ahmed was charged with health care fraud earlier in January in federal court. The 40-year-old is accused of false claims being submitted between January 2008 and June 2011 through Lucky Home Health Care for services that were not performed by the health care providers.
This is just one of the many cases of Medicaid fraud that have occurred in Minnesota, as financial abuse by agencies that serve the aging population is a growing issue. It was stated in 2009 by the Legislative Auditor that much of this has to do with a lack of oversight by the state, leaving the personal care industry vulnerable to such abuses. In fact, there were a total of 423 instances in which the health care agencies would say their care assistants worked over 24 hours in a single day.
Being that the services that are provided are to elderly individuals, they are very important and financial abuses can hurt the industry and the patients.
Ahmed’s previous episode of legal trouble occurred in the late 1990s while he co-owned a restaurant. The restaurant was cited a number of times for severe health violations. If he is convicted of health care fraud, he could face 10 years in prison.
Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect – When Accused of Medicaid Fraud
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.