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L.A. Doctor Charged with Medicare Fraud

According to court documents, from January 2006 through last month, Robert A. Glazer allegedly billed Medicare for services that were not medically necessary, and at times were not provided to the Medicare beneficiaries.

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Patch file photo.

A Los Angeles physician was charged today in connection with an alleged $33 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Robert A. Glazer, 67, of the Hollywood Hills, was indicted by a federal grand jury, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

According to court documents, from January 2006 through last month, Glazer allegedly billed Medicare for services that were not medically necessary, and at times were not provided to the Medicare beneficiaries.

In addition, Glazer allegedly signed prescriptions, certifications, and other medical documents for medically unnecessary home health services, hospice services, and power wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment, prosecutors said.

Glazer's alleged co-conspirators then sold the prescriptions and certifications to medical supply companies, home health agencies, and other providers, knowing that the prescriptions and certifications were fraudulent, prosecutors allege.

Based on these fraudulent prescriptions and certifications, the medical supply companies, home health agencies, and other providers then allegedly submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, according to the DOJ.

As further alleged in court documents, Glazer and co-conspirators were responsible for about $33 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, which paid about $22 million on those claims.

Glazer was initially arrested on May 13, the day after prosecutors filed a criminal complaint, and is free on a $200,000 bond, the DOJ said.

—City News Service

JMarsh June 05, 2014 at 10:45 AM
If you are on Medicare examine your bills when they arrive. One time we received a bill from a doctor who billed medicare for services for my grandmother. Problem was, she had passed away around a year before. We reported it. I have a feeling this happens regularly. Since your social security number is also your medicare number I feel social security should report deaths to medicare so this kind of thing can't happen. I feel the doctor mentioned in this article was taking advantage of elderly patients who are unable to keep track of their bills because of vision problems and/or decreased mental ability.

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