Top Medicare biller of 2012 faces multiple lawsuits
- Marion County, Florida, physician Dr. Asad U. Qamar, who was revealed in the Open Payments database as the nation's top Medicare biller for cardiology during 2012, is now the target of two whistleblower lawsuits.
Qamar's short video appeal to the public tugs at the heartstrings with numbers and facts that people care about: the lowest amputation rate in the nation for peripheral arterial disease—28 per 100,000 patients—and "free care" for indigent, uninsured and poorly insured patients. But while these things are important, Qamar would have done better to speak to how his institution bills Medicare appropriately.
The two lawsuits present a slew of compelling evidence against Qamar, so the case may be a difficult one for the medical group, especially given increasing evidence of systemic fraud. As the Ocala Star Banner points out, Medicare in 2013 had expenditures of about $554 billion, about 20% of the federal budget. One of lawyers quoted told news media that 10% of Medicare filings are fraudulent.
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