Dialysis Company Accused of Giant Medicare Fraud
Vanier explained to CNN how DaVita instructed its nurses to administer a 100-milligram dose of the iron drug Venofor.
“For example, if a patient requires this dose once per week, you’d administer 100 milligrams, waste nothing and charge Medicare for 100 milligrams,” he said.
“But what DaVita did, instead of charge (for) one vial, they give 50 milligrams of this vial (and) put the residual into the trash.” he said. With another vial, he said, the company would give 25 milligrams to a patient and put the rest in the trash, then repeat it with yet another vial, when one vial could have been given without waste.
The more vials DaVita used, the more the company was able to bill the government, the men say. Vainer and Barbir claim they tried to call attention to the massive waste and tried to get it stopped. But instead, they say, they were basically told to stop causing trouble and to continue following the company’s protocols.
Such a good idea to privatize essential services.