Thursday, April 10, 2014

Astonishingly efficient Kansas personal-care attendant bills Medicaid for 39 hours in a single day

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:37 AM

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Doris Betts, a 54-year-old personal-care attendant in Kansas City, Kansas, has been submitting bills to Medicaid since 2008 for her services. They're for all the usual services that those in her line of work provide to clients: bathing, house cleaning, meal preparation, toileting, transferring and prompting patients to take medication.

Betts had seven different Medicaid customers, and this takes some juggling - you gotta budget that time. Or else just fudge the numbers on the bills you submit, which the U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that she did with jaw-dropping brazenness.

Among other things, the indictment charges that Betts:

*Claimed to be with two or more different clients at the same time.
*Claimed to provide services when clients actually were in the hospital.
*Claimed to provide services when she was at her own medical appointments.
*Claimed to provide services at different locations without any travel time between them.

The indictment alleges that Betts documented "more than 750 work days that exceeded 24 hours, the highest of which totaled 39.5 hours." In all, she stands accused of defrauding Medicaid to the tune of $587,000. Betts faces 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the six counts that have been brought against her for health-care fraud.

No, trolls, this has nothing to do with Obamacare, shut up.


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