Nurse Practitioner Convicted of $200 Million Scheme
A federal jury convicted nurse practitioner Elizabeth Hernandez for her role in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting more than $200 million in false and fraudulent claims for expensive genetic testing and medical equipment that the Medicare beneficiaries did not need. In 2020, Hernandez ordered more cancer genetic tests for Medicare beneficiaries than any other provider in the nation, including oncologists and geneticists. She then billed Medicare as though she were conducting complex office visits with these patients and routinely billed more than 24 hours of “office visits” in a single day. Read a story from Morningstar and a Department of Justice press release.