In July 2014, a federal jury found a Texas businessman guilty of 15 counts of health care fraud. The jurors found that the man had directed the billing coders at his hospital to illegally change diagnoses in up to $1.1 million worth of claims to Medicare. The businessman could face up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced, likely next year, according to the Dallas Morning News.
In August 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a Tennessee-based health care system would pay $98 million to settle claims of improper billing. It alleged that the hospital system admitted patients when it was not medically necessary to do so and billed Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare, the military insurance program. About $9 million will be used to settle similar claims at a medical center in Laredo, Texas.