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On January 1, 2017, the KHI News Service became part of KCUR public radio’s new initiative, the Kansas News Service. The Kansas News Service will continue to cover health policy news and broaden its scope to include education and politics. All stories produced by the former KHI News Service are archived here. Stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to KHI.org.

KCK home health provider sentenced for Medicaid fraud

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | February 09, 2015

A Kansas City, Kan., home health attendant was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in a federal case based on fraudulent Medicaid billing practices.

Doris Betts, 55, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. She also was ordered to pay $251,573.32 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program.

Betts was charged in April 2014 with six counts of health care fraud. She pleaded guilty and was convicted in November in a joint enforcement effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Inspector General and Kansas Attorney General’s Office. 

The investigation found that between January 2008 and December 2013, Betts falsely billed for providing in-home services to two or more clients at the same time in different locations, while the client was hospitalized and while Betts was instead at her own medical appointments.