Dozens Charged in Medicare Brace Scam

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WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two dozen people have been charged in an orthopedic brace scam that cost Medicare more than $1.2 billion.

The scheme sold unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors, using overseas calls centers to get Medicare numbers from beneficiaries, the Associated Press reported.

Those charged include doctors accused of writing fake prescriptions, telemedicine firms, medical equipment companies and owners of call centers.

Action is being taken against the 130 medical equipment companies implicated in the scam, according to Medicare's anti-fraud unit, the AP reported.

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