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Physical Therapist Faces 50 Years for Near $12M in False Claims to Medicare

May 16, 2011

Billing for medically unnecessary physical therapy services is a growing fraud that strains the country’s healthcare system. Last week, Aleksandr Kharkover, a New York physical therapist recently pleaded guilty to causing almost $12 million in false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary or non-existent physical therapy services. He has not yet been sentenced, but faces 50 years in prison for his crime. While $12 million may seem like a lot, it is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the revenue of the mega home health physical therapy providers like Amedisys who bill Medicare in excess of a billion annually and have recently come under scrutiny for alleged unnecessary services.

To report physical therapy fraud, contact Frohsin & Barger.

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