The state of health care in Kentucky and around the nation is a top concern of many Americans. The regulations governing Medicare and Medicaid can be baffling to both patients and practitioners. Failure to adhere to regulations, regardless of lack of intent, can lead to serious charges involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
The addiction crisis continues to ravage Kentucky and other states across the country. There are medical means to help those affected and a local doctor was accused of Medicare fraud after allegedly writing more prescriptions for an addiction treatment medication than she was authorized to write. The drug, buprenorphine, more commonly known as Suboxone, is prescribed in the treatment for opioid addiction.
The war on drugs and related illegal activities is an ongoing one in Kentucky and around the nation. A recent case out of Lexington has implicated a couple in a money laundering scheme connected to alleged drug activity. The investigation leading to the arrests began in 2016.
If asked, many people in Kentucky would probably say that having health insurance is very important in their lives. They pay premiums and expect that the insurance will be there if they need it. A class action suit alleging fraud was recently brought against a now bankrupt hospital in the eastern part of the state.
The elderly population is growing at a rapid rate in Kentucky and around the nation. As people age, health may deteriorate, and it can be difficult to know when a symptom is serious and when it is not. Doctors will often counsel patients to err on the side of caution and if there is any doubt to call for an ambulance. A case of Medicare and Medicaid fraud was recently brought against an ambulance company.
The first sound a pregnant mother hears from the child she carries is its heartbeat. The heart starts beating very early during gestation and continues beating until the end of one's life. As Kentucky's population ages, the business of keeping hearts healthy is a very important one. Cardiologists are instrumental in keeping hearts beating longer so people can enjoy longer and healthier lives. Tests and procedures are a fundamental part of the business, but the appearance of impropriety in administering them can lead to charges of fraud.
Medicare and Medicaid are both very large complex bureaucracies. Navigating that bureaucracy can be a challenge for anyone in Kentucky or elsewhere. A health care fraud case in another state recently implicated a health care executive in what is considered to be the largest Medicare fraud case ever.
Credit unions offer valuable services to their members. The ability to bank with a company affiliated with one's employer can offer flexibility and inspire confidence that a large bank may not be able to duplicate. Credit unions in Kentucky and around the country have enjoyed popularity for this reason, but they are not immune from being charged with fraud.
A company involved in helping schools acquire and maintain technology is under fire for possibly having misappropriated funds. Two employees of the company have been charged with wire fraud. The two work for a Kentucky business that helps schools and libraries to obtain the funds needed to purchase internet access and other telecommunication services.
The opioid drug crisis continues to plague Kentucky. In addition to the addiction crisis that continues to be fed by the influx of illegal drugs, other crimes associated with illegal drugs are becoming prevalent. These crimes include money laundering.