As the coronavirus continues to spread, more and more people are turning to telehealth services to avoid exposure to the virus. However, this novel form of health care is highly vulnerable to fraud, especially against government funded health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
The department of justice has previously warned about the risks associate with telehealth. While this technology does promote social distancing, that distance can be taken advantage of by fraudsters. Common fraud schemes like insufficient service time and upcoding can pervade, with less visibility to patients and other providers. In fact, one of the largest health care fraud schemes to date involved telehealth companies.
Any claims, settlements, or charges discussed above are allegations only. There has been no determination of liability.