Michigan physician pleads guilty for role in Medicare fraud scheme

Vicha Janviriya, MD, of Southfield, Mich., who made fraudulent referrals for home healthcare as part of a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, according to the Department of Justice.

Dr. Janviriya admitted to falsifying medical documentation and falsely certifying Medicare beneficiaries, many of whom he had never met, as homebound or requiring home health services.

In addition, Dr. Janviriya admitted he knew the false certifications would be used to support false claims that would be submitted to Medicare for services that were medically unnecessary or were never rendered, according to the report.

From 2006 to 2012, approximately $1.3 million was paid by Medicare as a result of Dr. Janviriya's false home health certifications.

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