Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Another Health Care Executive Pleads Guilty

The Charlotte Observer reported that David M. Hurley, the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of aaiPharma Inc, agreed to plead guilty of conspiring to commit fraud. In 2003, federal prosecutors charged that Hurley made false ledger entries to overstate sales reports, revenues and earnings. In May, aaiPharma filed for bankruptcy.
An accompanying report noted that investigators are getting busier and busier with health fraud cases. In North Carolina, recoveries from health care fraud went from $2.2 million in 2000, to $18.3 million in 2004, and so far in 2005, the figure is $28 million. The reporter noted, "experts say health care fraud accounts for only a small portion of total health-care spending, but the truth is we don't know how much fraud is taking place."
Readers of Health Care Renewal may conclude that more broadly, conflicts of interest and corruption may add considerably to health care spending, while decreasing access, degrading quality, and demoralizing health care professionals.

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