Houston Physician Convicted of Conspiracy in $1.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

(Southern, TX – Insurance News and Markets) – A Harris County physician was convicted for his role in a Medicare Fraud scheme valued at approximately $1.5 million, on July 21. Ronald F. Kahn, M.D., 62, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to pay and receive illegal kickbacks. He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt on Sept. 25.

After a four-day trial, Ronald F. Kahn, M.D., 62, of Harris County, Texas, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to pay and receive illegal kickbacks. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 25, before U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt, who presided over the trial.

Evidence in the four day trial revealed that Kahn and others engaged in a scheme to defrfraud Medicare of around $1.5 million between 2p0p06 and 2p013. These claims were connected with home health care services in connection with Allied Covenant Home Health, Inc., a Houston home healthcare agency.  Kahn fraudulently admitted patients for home health care with Allied by falsifying medical records and signing false documents purporting to show that patients admitted to Allied’s home health program satisfied Medicare’s requirements for admission.

He also paid illegal kickbacks for patients from Harris Health Care Group, a Houston medical clinic in order to bill Medicare for facet injections that were medically unnecessary, not provided or both, the evidence showed.

Source: Department of Justice, U.S.