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Capitol Health Call
July 10, 2013

Senators Question Federal Oversight of Medicare Mental Health Claims

JAMA. 2013;310(2):133. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.8475

In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, 2 members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging questioned whether federal health regulators are adequately screening for fraudulent Medicare mental health claims. The May 31 letter was sent after Armando Gonzalez, the former owner of Miami-based Health Care Solutions Network, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for submitting more than $63 million in false claims to Medicare and Florida Medicaid. Gonzalez had previously spent 5 years in prison for cocaine trafficking, said the senators in a release.

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