Iowa board revokes nurse’s license for $5 million Medicare-fraud scheme

By: - June 10, 2022 2:08 pm

The state of Iowa has revoked the license of a nurse convicted last year of conspiring to steal $5 million from the taxpayer-funded Medicare program.

The state of Iowa has revoked the license of a nurse convicted of conspiring to steal $5 million from the taxpayer-funded Medicare program.

According to state records, Mark Hill, 55, who currently lives in Laurel, Mississippi, was first licensed to practice nursing in Iowa in July 2017.

In September 2020, Hill was indicted in Montana for conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  Prosecutors alleged that from October 2017 through April 2019, Hill provided telehealth consultations with patients for Integrated Support Plus Inc., a telemedicine company located in Florida.

As a Montana-licensed nurse practitioner, Hill allegedly collected bribes from various medical-equipment suppliers in exchange for prescription orders for their products. Many of those prescriptions were not based on any sort of patient examination and sometimes involved no patient interaction at all.

Hill and a co-conspirator were accused of placing orders for 14,700 orthotic braces over 19 months – an average of 865 orders each month, or 29 orders per calendar day. Hill had personally signed about 7,097 of the brace orders, which led to $10 million in charges to the Medicare program, of which Medicare reimbursed $5,054,866. Hill was allegedly paid close to $125,000 for the orders he processed.

In April 2021, Hill pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Three months later, he was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay $5.1 million in restitution.

Six months after Hill entered his guilty plea in the case , the Iowa Board of Nursing charged him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The board recently determined the nature and seriousness of Hill’s actions required the “immediate revocation of his license in order to protect the public.”

The board’s action has no practical effect since Hill’s Iowa license expired in 2021.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.