The owners of hyperbaric oxygen therapy companies pleaded guilty to submitting false claims for physician supervision of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) services.
HBOT is an outpatient therapy used to assist in healing diabetic sores or amputations. The HBOT process is administered by placing the patient in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to receive increased levels of oxygen.
Physicians were employed by the defendants’ companies to supervise HBOT sessions, ensure that HBOT was medically appropriate for the patients, and handle any medical emergency that may arise during treatment.
The defendants admitted that they submitted false claims to Medicare by billing multiple times for physician supervision on days when the physician supervised only one HBOT session.
Each of the defendants faces up to five years in federal prison and fines up to $250,000, plus restitution of the amounts paid by Medicare.
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