A Texas nursing home employee was indicted by a grand jury for conspiracy, healthcare fraud and violations of the anti-kickback statute for alleged unlawful ambulance billing, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Houston and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Nursing home administrator accused of healthcare fraud
Kelvin Washington, the administrator at an unidentified nursing home in Sugar Land, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of receiving payment for referrals of dialysis patients to an ambulance company between 2003 and 2007. Washington also is accused of conspiring to get doctors to prescribe ambulance transportation for dialysis patients to be admitted to the nursing home that were not admitted.
Medicare and Medicaid were billed almost $1 million in false claims as a result of Washington’s alleged conduct, and Washington allegedly received about $20,000, according to the release.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office declined to provide the name of the nursing home because it was not included in the indictment or the public record of the case.
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