'King Of Nursing Homes' Gets 2 Years In Medicare Fraud Scam

By Diana Novak Jones (August 12, 2016, 3:03 PM EDT) -- A Chicago doctor known as the "King of Nursing Homes" convicted of accepting kickbacks for referring patients to the hospital as part of the Sacred Heart Hospital Medicare fraud scandal on Friday in Illinois court was sentenced to two years in prison.

Venkateswara Kuchipudi, 69, was convicted in March on 10 counts of Medicare fraud after he set up a deal with Sacred Heart Hospital officials to steer his hundreds of nursing home-bound patients to the hospital in exchange for free labor from hospital nurses and physician's assistants. Kuchipudi then billed insurers for the work of the hospital staff, who cared...

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