Florida Doctor Convicted in $23M Medicare Fraud Scheme
Evidence at trial showed that De Los Rios falsely diagnosed almost all of the patients at Metro Med with the same rare blood disorders to ensure maximum reimbursement from Medicare. De Los Rios also prescribed expensive medications, including Winrho, Procrit, and Neupogen to collect Medicare reimbursements.
From April 2003 through October 2005, Metro Med submitted approximately $23 million in false claims to the Medicare program for injection and infusion treatments, and was paid $11.7 million in claims. Oliva and three other defendants have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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