Florida Physician and Nurse's Sentences for Medicare Fraud Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has upheld prison sentences given to a Miami endocrinologist and nurse for their roles in a multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek news report.

Ana Alvarez, MD, and Sandra Mateos will serve 30 years and 7 years in prison, respectively. The pair, who worked at Saint Jude Rehab Center in Doral, Fla., was accused of conspiring to pay kickbacks to patients in the form of $150 payments in exchange for their Medicare numbers. Dr. Alvarez was also accused of unnecessarily ordering hundreds of HIV infusion treatments that pocketed Saint Jude more than $8 million, according to the report.

Read the Bloomberg Businessweek news report about Dr. Ana Alvarez and Sandra Mateos' sentence.

Read other coverage about Medicare fraud:

- CHRISTUS Health in Houston to Pay $1M Settlement in Medicare Fraud Lawsuit

- New York Surgeon Charged With Bilking $3.5M From Healthcare Insurance Companies

- California's El Centro Regional Medical Center to Pay $2.2M to Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations

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