Nursing Home Doctor Convicted of Fraud

According to a recent article by McKnights Long Term Care News, an Iowa doctor, Mr. Joseph X. Latella, was sentenced to two months in prison and ordered to pay about $316,400 to settle the False Claims Act allegations in a plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.

The crimes committed by Dr. Latella occurred from January 1, 2014, to November 20, 2018. During the almost four years, Latella billed more than 93% of his nursing home visits to Medicare using the most intensive and expensive claim code, which paid more than $94 per instance. By federal law, this claim code required doctors to spend at least 35 minutes with each patient. Yet, federal investigators revealed that Latella was lying about the total number of minutes he spent with nursing home patients. One of which showed that Latella was only at a nursing home for a total of 14 minutes.

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