By Daniel Rabanales, Marketing —
Fraud takes many forms and often comes when you least expect it. The results of fraud are always detrimental, but they can also be deadly.
Medicare fraud involves staggering amounts of money, and in some cases affects the very lives of patients.
Cancer Fraud in the Midwest
A recent fraud scandal in Detroit proved to be beyond what the city had previously seen. Investigators discovered that oncologist/ hematologist Dr. Farid Fata was involved in more than just cheating the system ― he was also toying with the health and lives of his patients.
For over six years, Fata diagnosed healthy patients with cancer and went as far as treating them with chemotherapy. The accusations made against Fata include money laundering, conspiracy, and health care fraud.
Fata oversaw Michigan Hematology Oncology, a cancer treatment clinic that has several offices in Detroit, and was also the owner of United Diagnostic, a diagnostic testing facility.
Authorities reported that between August 2007 and July 2013, Fata received more than $91 million from Medicare, including over $48 million for chemotherapy and cancer-related treatments.
Ultimately, Dr. Fata pleaded guilty to the charges. He now awaits sentencing scheduled in February, when he may face stronger penalties beyond time in prison.
This fraud scandal has infused anger and shock across the country, as people realize that when those in authority are corrupted, safety becomes almost nullified.
Important Questions to Answer
With this in mind, how do we handle such corruption? It does not seem ethical to subject all doctors to intense scrutiny and interrogation, but we do need a way to weed out deceivers who would steal and, worst of all, potentially put lives at risk.
EyeDetect™ may be a solution to Medicare and insurance fraud. This polygraph alternative can identify deception and fraud with 85% accuracy.
The behavior of the human eye reflects signs of stress and deception that are undetectable with the naked eye. With the use of this lie detection technology, officials can catch those in authority who are committing fraud based on unbiased data generated from the behavior of their eyes.