Dallas Health Care Fraud Lawyer Explains Healthcare Fraud in the Age of a Pandemic 

Dallas, TX, July 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At an estimated annual cost of about $300 billion, the American people have been suffering from the consequences of healthcare fraudsters for a long time. But the increased fear, slackened health care regulations, and general anxiety has made the health care system even more at risk of fraudulent activity in the age of COVID-19.A What Is Healthcare Fraud?A 
Healthcare fraud comes in many forms, but can be generally defined as any crime that is committed that is involved with defrauding a health insurance policy says Dallas area criminal defense lawyer Clint Broden.A 
Examples of Provider Healthcare Fraud

Sending bills for services never performedA 

Falsifying test results or diagnoses in order to justify unnecessary treatment

Billing for a service that is more expensive than the one performed

Taking kickbacks for patients that were referred from elsewhere

Other forms of patient over-billing

Examples of Consumer Healthcare Fraud

Making insurance claims for services or medications not received or needed

Forging receipts, bills, or medical documents

Impersonating another person to use their coverageA 

Healthcare Fraud During a PandemicA 
While the surface context of COVID-19 healthcare scams might be different, the structure of them remains largely the same. Telemarketing calls, phishing e-mails, and even door-to-door visits are being used to scam thousands of people out of their insurance information.A 
Other fraudsters have focused on bogus cures, fake test kits, and unproven treatments in order to fleece unsuspecting consumers of their healthcare dollars.A 
Typical Health Insurance Frauds Punishment
The maximum prison time for a healthcare fraud charge is 10 years according to federal regulations, but this number can double in cases where someone was physically harmed as a result of the fraud or scam.
Medical Identity Theft: A Growing ConcernA 
The problem of medical identity theft has been growing for some time, and it is now feeding off the instability in an over-worked system that is bogged down by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Impersonating a doctor is a common form of medical identity theft, allowing fraudsters to write (& sell) prescriptions, a bill for expensive (& fake) services, or even simply get someone to willingly hand over all their personal information.A 
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