According to the government’s evidence at trial, the doctor signed plans of care for Medicare beneficiaries that contained false information. The false care plans allowed two home health care companies, Family Healthcare Group Inc. and Houston Compassionate Care, to bill Medicare for services that were not medically necessary and in some cases were never actually provided.
The two home health care companies received $17.3 million from Medicare, including $5.5 million for beneficiaries for whom Dr. Echols signed a plan of care.
The evidence included testimony of other doctors who were the treating physicians of the patients. These doctors testified that the patients did not need the care that had been billed to Medicare based on the plans. Two Medicare beneficiaries also testified that they had never seen Dr. Echols, that they had different primary care physicians, and they did not want or need home health care.
The conspiracy count carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each of the false statements counts carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime, then you should consult with an experienced Medicare fraud attorney immediately to protect your rights. You should also consult an experienced lawyer if your employer has asked you to sign false medical records. You may be able to avoid prosecution and even earn a reward for helping the government stop the fraud.
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