A federal jury convicted the owner of a medical clinic of healthcare fraud and money laundering for billing Medicare more than $3.4 million in the names of four physicians whose identities were stolen, the U.S. attorney’s office announced. Prosecutors alleged Manuk Karapetyan, 46, submitted thousands of claims for more than 800 patients supposedly treated at a nonexistent clinic, USA Independent Medical Corp. Medicare paid Karapetyan $566,000 by the time the fraud was discovered, and he wired tens of thousands to accounts in his home country of Armenia, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release. An investigation was triggered when the people listed as patients on the claims received perplexing statements from Medicare and complained to their doctors and Medicare. Karapetyan, who has been in custody since April 2009, faces a maximum sentence of 320 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced June 21.
Chandler Regional Medical Center unveiled a $135 million expansion project to expand its cardiac catheterization laboratory and add a fivestory patient tower. The $125 million tower will add 100 beds and 30 intensive-care rooms to the 224-bed hospital. The Catholic Healthcare West-owned hospital will also expand emergency and medical surgical services and add six operating rooms as part of the project. Construction on the tower is expected to finish in July 2012. Expansion of the cardiac catheterization laboratory expansion is expected to cost $9.9 million and finish in July 2011.
The National Labor Relations Board has cleared the way for union elections at more than 30 healthcare facilities in Northern California, while withholding judgment on requests