An Indianapolis grand jury Wednesday indicted a Louisville, Ky., woman and her home pharmacy company, Home Pharm-Assist, on five counts of healthcare fraud, mail fraud and kickbacks, U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks said.
The indictment charges that from 1997 to 2000, Peggy Bisig and her company defrauded Indiana Medicaid of $1.8 million by upcoding and inflating the amount of drugs provided to Medicaid patients. The grand jury charged that Bisig, a nurse who also served as manager of three southern Indiana branches of Cancer Care Centers at the same time, defrauded Medicaid of an additional $140,000 by inflating the amount of drugs provided to patients at those facilities.
The indictment also alleges that Bisig paid kickbacks to nurses at Cancer Care Centers for patient referrals to Home Pharm-Assist and defrauded the centers of $50,000. Home Pharm-Assist provided pharmaceutical drugs and supplies to patients in their homes, but did not deliver home healthcare treatment.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of Bisig's companies, home, bank and stock accounts, jewelry, furs and other personal possessions.
Brooks said the case should remind all healthcare providers who seek to defraud the system "that the Southern Indiana Health Care Fraud Task Force is diligently working to ferret out fraud and ... that combating healthcare fraud remains a priority of this office." Bisig faces a maximum prison sentence of 40 years and a maximum fine of $1.25 million. No initial hearing has been set. --by Mark Taylor