|Parkland was again nailed for Medicare fraud by the HHS OIG last week for services clearly not billable to Medicare|
It's only been four months since the U.S. Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) substantiated charges of Medicare and Medicaid fraud at Parkland Memorial Hospital for the second time in three years, involving several faculty members from UT Southwestern.
Last time in May, the fraud involved UT Southwestern's Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) department with officers as high up as its chairwoman, residency program director (seen on the left), and several chiefs of services.
The HHS OIG placed the embattled hospital on one of its most severe five-year Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIA) with onsite safety and fraud monitors to watch their every move.
The Dallas County hospital has already operated under a rare form of probation with safety monitoring imposed by federal health care regulators during the last 18 months to correct widespread patient care failures before the CIA and a settlement of $1.4 million for repayments were imposed last May.
Now, another audit from the HHS OIG has again substantiated more widespread Medicare fraud at Parkland.