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Bonne Terre Nurse Charged in Health Care Fraud Scheme

(Bonne Terre, Mo.) A federal grand jury indicted a woman from Bonne Terre last week for her involvement in an alleged health care fraud scheme with her former employer, Dr. Antoine Adem and Midwest Cardiovascular.

33-year-old Jaime Lynn Slade has been charged with health care fraud and making false statements concerning health care matters after court documents showed Slade allegedly filed numerous false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid from January 2014 to December 2018.

The false claims indicated that Adem had performed two vein procedures on two different days, when he actually performed the two procedures on the same day. The end result was Adem and Midwest Cardiovascular receiving around $2,000 more per patient than they would have had they filed the claims correctly stating the procedures were performed on the same day.

Slade was present during the surgeries in question and thereafter placed Adem’s false surgery notes into the patients’ medical records.

The indictment also indicates part of the scheme to defraud included performing on and billing patients for vein procedures without any prior conservative treatment for their varicose veins and in some cases for cosmetic purposes only.

Adem and Midwest Cardiovascular pleaded guilty in August and are due back in court on December 20 for sentencing. If found guilty of the charges, Slade faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.
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