Dr. Robert J. Williams pleaded guilty in federal court today to two counts of health care fraud. Authorities say Williams collected $975,000 from Medicare and Medicaid for group therapy, much of which was never performed. Many of the patients were deceased when the services were allegedly provided.
Gov. Nathan Deal this week vetoed a bill that would have barred the state from paying a contingency fee to a contractor to recover Medicaid overpayments. Doctors’ groups had resisted paying auditors on a contingency basis as “perverse” and “burdensome,” but Deal said the state needs every tool available to identify Medicaid fraud.
Managers of three nursing homes in Rome and Brunswick conspired to rip off Medicaid and Medicare for $30 million intended for patient care, federal prosecutors said today. Continuing food shortages were so severe that employees used their own money to buy groceries so patients could eat, investigators said. George and Rhonda Houser, the couple that ran the homes, allegedly diverted cash to buy Mercedes-Benz cars for themselves and a $1.3 home in Atlanta for Houser’s ex-wife. The homes were ordered closed in 2007.