HOUSTON – A Bellaire osteopathic medicine doctor paid to clarify allegations that he falsely certified patients for home health services and received improper payments, reigning U.S. attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced.
Truc Le, 51, is a family doctor based in southwest Houston.
In 2016, authorities opened an investigation into a home health agency known as Unified Medical Group Inc. This investigation appeared to show that Le had certified patients for home health services with no knowledge of the patient’s health or status at home. Instead, Le forms signed, which uniform representatives made available to him on a regular basis.
Additionally, Unified has made improper payments to Le in violation of the anti-kickback law. It is prohibited to offer or pay any compensation to arrange referral for items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other federally funded programs. Claims made in violation of the Anti-Kickback Act in these programs create liability under the False Claims Act.
“Healthcare professionals put the integrity of our federal health programs at risk by just stamping forms,” Lowery said. “It gets worse when improper payments are the source of their motivation. With the investigative support of our partners at the federal and state levels, we will continue to do everything we can to protect our nation’s systems and the citizens they are intended to serve.
Le has agreed to pay $ 475,000 to clarify the allegations.
The Department of Health and Human Services – Bureau of the Inspector General, the FBI, and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit conducted the investigation.
US assistant attorneys Melissa Green, Brad Gray and Andrew Bobb handled the matter on behalf of the United States.
The claims resolved by this agreement are only allegations and no liability has been determined.