Doctor to be sentenced in Medicare overbilling case

Posted: April 02, 2013

A South Jersey doctor will be sentenced in July for overbilling Medicare for home visits with seniors.

Lori Reaves, founder and owner of Visiting Physicians of South Jersey in Hammonton, charged Medicare for an unspecified number of 2.5-hour house calls even though she typically spent only 30 to 45 minutes with the patients, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Reaves, 52, of Waterford Works, pleaded guilty last Thursday in Trenton. The fraudulent visits, costing $511,068, occurred from 2008 through Oct. 14, 2011, according to a court document.

"There are no allegations that there was any substandard care rendered," Reaves' attorney, Rocco C. Cipparone Jr. said Monday.

The company, Visiting Physicians, was not charged. One additional physician, plus nurse practitioners and a physician's assistant, continue working at the practice, Cipparone said. Reaves could be jailed for up to 10 years.

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