Medical fraud charges highlight need for crisis PR and legal collaboration

On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced the indictment of 300 people for Medicare and Medicaid fraud totaling $900 million. Damage control is underway nationwide.

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Some health care communicators and PR pros throughout the U.S. are scrambling for strategies as news broke that doctors, nurses, clinics and other medical entities have defrauded the government.

How much money was allegedly scammed? The feds say a whopping $900 million.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department’s bombshell press conference offered an overview of rampant schemes allegedly carried out nationwide.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said defendants in 38 federal regions “billed for care and prescriptions that were not necessary and services that were not rendered.”

Lynch cited a few of the alleged cases, according to the Associated Press:

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