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DME Company Owner Agrees to 10 Year Exclusion

On October 17, 2016, Phillip A. Minga, the owner of a durable medical equipment (DME) company, agreed to be excluded from participation in all Federal health care programs for a period of ten years under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7(b)(7) and 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7(b)(16). OIG's investigation revealed that Minga knowingly caused claims to be submitted to Medicare for diabetes supplies that were not delivered, were the result of unsolicited Medicare beneficiary contact, in violation of the Social Security Act's DME Telemarketing Provisions and not covered by applicable exceptions, or were the result of a kickback. OIG's investigation further revealed that Minga knowingly retained or caused the retention of an overpayment owed to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a result of a Medicare Benefit Integrity Post-Payment Review conducted by Zone Program Integrity Contractor AdvanceMed. OIG's investigation also revealed that Minga knowingly made or caused to be made an omission or misrepresentation of a material fact in the applications of a DME company and its affiliates to participate or enroll as a supplier under Medicare, including organizations under Part C and D, when: (a) Minga was omitted as a managing employee; and (b) as a managing employee, Minga was not disclosed as having been convicted of a felony offense within the 10 years preceding enrollment or revalidation of enrollment. Senior Counsel Kristen Schwendinger and Associate Counsel David Fuchs represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:October 17, 2016
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions