To resolve false allegations that he may have signed plans of care and home health certificates in exchange for money, Dr Maaz Abbasi, age 44, a local Missouri City-based physician has agreed to pay the government $450,000. In his announcement, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick also stated that Dr Abbasi had agreed for 3 years to be excluded from participating in any health care program by the federal government.
Investigations by law enforcement authorities to unravel Dr Abbasi’s link to a healthcare fraud issue began after they discovered his connection to Circuit Wide Healthcare Inc., a home health company. Egondu “Kate” Koko, owner of the aforementioned company also admits to having paid illegal amounts in kickback for necessary paperwork to Abbasi so that home health services could bill Medicare for services they supposedly provided.
Without any knowledge of the homebound status or medical conditions, Abbasi between 2015 and 2018 certified patients for home health services. In exchange for signing fake plans of care and Medicare home health certificates, Circuit Wide paid Abbasi close to $6,200. In addition, without the consent, authorization and knowledge of his fellow physician, Abbasi fraudulently signed their name on the home health certificates and plans of care.
Without the determination of liability, the agreement resolves the allegations.
The matter was handled by Melissa M. Green Assistant U.S. Attorney, and the investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General.
Healthcare fraud by healthcare professionals is not something new to the federal government. There are numerous instances where medical providers and professionals are accused of involving themselves in fraudulent activities that are not prescribed in the ethical standards for medical practitioners. If you know of any health care practitioner involved in schemes to defraud the health programs by the government, please do not hesitate to contact us at 888-402-4054 for any assistance or legal representation required.