Telehealth Fraud Schemes Exposed: Emergency Room Physician Faces Charges for Unnecessary Tests and Equipment 

Kansas provider admits guilt in the telehealth fraud scheme, causing $1.36 million loss for Medicare. 

Dr. Gautam Jayaswal, an emergency room physician based in Overland Park, Kansas, has been charged by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) following a telehealth fraud scheme. The scheme involved allegations of ordering unnecessary tests and equipment for a large number of patients. Jayaswal recently pleaded guilty to the charges in a US District Court in St. Louis. 

Between 2017 and 2021, Jayaswal worked with several companies, including Barton & Associates, DialCare Co, and Doctegrity, and ordered unneeded genetic tests and orthotic braces for thousands of patients. It allowed these companies to obtain $1.36 million from Medicare by billing for the equipment ordered for 1,433 patients. Jayaswal also signed orders for unnecessary tests on behalf of 2,061 patients, leading to Medicare Part B paying approximately $14.7 million. 

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