This week, it was announced that Anna Steiner was arraigned on an indictment that charged her with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The anesthesiologist is accused of taking part in a telemedicine scheme to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicare Part D plans and private insurance plans. She was originally arrested on a complaint in April of 2019.
The indictment alleges that Steiner and other medical providers purported to practice telemedicine in pursuant to agreements with an entity identified only as Company-1 in exchange for kickbacks. Kickbacks were paid for each purported telemedicine encounter with a beneficiary. Steiner and other medical providers are accused of signing prescriptions and order forms for durable medication equipment and drugs for beneficiaries when they were not medically necessary.
In return, suppliers of DME and pharmacies submitted more than $7 million in claims to Medicare. Medicare ultimately paid more than $3 million on these claims. At this point in time, 63-year-old Anna Steiner of Valatie, New York is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Further details have been made available here.