Physician Excluded from Medicare/Medicaid for 20 Years
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General announced November 15 that Labib Riachi, a New Jersey OB/GYN specializing in urogynecology, agreed to a 20-year exclusion from federal health care programs to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for Pelvic Floor Therapy services that were never provided, or were provided improperly. A $5.25 million settlement resolved a civil false claims suit filed by the government. “Twenty years is a substantial period of exclusion and is a clear signal to physicians that they face significant consequences, beyond monetary penalties, for taking advantage of Federal health care programs and their beneficiaries,” said Gregory E. Demske, Chief Counsel to the HHS Inspector General, in a press release.
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