Doctor Charged in $6 Million Scheme
A California woman has been arrested on criminal health care fraud charges arising from false home health certifications and related fraudulent billings to Medicare. According to court documents, Lilit Gagikovna Baltaian operated two medical clinics in the Los Angeles area. From approximately January 2012 to July 2018, she allegedly falsely certified patients to receive home health care from at least four Los Angeles-area home health agencies. Baltaian’s false certifications were used by the home health agencies to fraudulently bill Medicare for the unnecessary home health care. Baltaian allegedly received a cash benefit related to these referrals and also submitted claims to Medicare for signing the fraudulent certifications and for patient visits and injections that were not needed and/or provided. Read a news story from the AP and a Department of Justice press release.
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