HOUSE BILL NO. 534
AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Chapter 5, Title 11 of the Delaware Code by adding a new section thereto to be designated as Section 913A, which new section shall read as follows:
“§913A. Health Care Fraud; class G felony; class E felony; class C felony.
(a) A person is guilty of health care fraud when the person knowingly:
(1) Presents or causes to be presented any fraudulent health care claim to any health care benefit program; or
(2) Engages in a pattern of presenting or causing to be presented fraudulent health care claims to any health care benefit program.
(b) For the purpose of this section:
(1) ‘Health Care Benefit Program’ means any plan or contract, whether public or private, under which any medical benefit, equipment, medication, or service is provided to any individual. ‘Health Care Benefit Program’ also includes any individual or entity who is providing a medical benefit, equipment, medication, or service for which payment may be made under a plan or contract for the provision of such benefits or services.
(2) ‘Fraudulent Health Care Claim’ means any statement, whether written, oral or in any other form, which is made as part of or in support of a claim or request for payment from any health care benefit program when such statement knowingly contains false, incomplete or misleading information concerning any fact or thing material to such claim.
(3) ‘Pattern of presenting or causing to be presented’ means 3 or more instances of conduct that constitute presenting or causing to be presented fraudulent health care claims.
(4) ‘Health care provider’ means any health care professional, an owner or operator of a health care practice or facility, any person who creates the impression that he or she or the person’s practice or facility can provide health care services, or any person employed or acting on behalf of any of the aforementioned persons.
(5) ‘Health care professional’, ‘health care practice’, ‘health care facility’ or ‘health care services’ includes but is not limited to any person who or entity which, for payment, practices in or employs the procedures of medicine, surgery, chiropractic, podiatry, dentistry, optometry, psychology, social work, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, or any other field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of the health of the body or mind.
(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subsection, health care fraud is a class G felony.
(2) Health care fraud is a class E felony if the elements of subsection (a) of this section are met and if:
a. The intended loss to the health care benefit program is more than $50,000 but less than $100,000; or
b. The offender is a health care provider at the time of the offense or offenses; or,
c. The conduct constitutes a pattern of presenting or causing to be presented fraudulent health care claims.
(3) Health care fraud is a class C felony if the elements of subsection (a) of this section are met and if:
a. The intended loss to the health care benefit program is $100,000 or more; or
b. The offender is a health care provider at the time of the offense or offenses and the conduct constitutes a pattern of presenting or causing to be presented fraudulent health care claims.
(4) In addition to the penalties otherwise authorized by this subsection, a person convicted under this section may be subject to a fine of up to five times the pecuniary benefit obtained or sought to be obtained through the person’s violation of this section.
(d) A conviction is not required for an act of presenting or causing presentation of a fraudulent health care claim to be used in prosecution of a matter under this section, including an act used as proof of a pattern as defined in paragraph (b)(3) of this section. A conviction for any act of presenting or causing presentation of fraudulent health care claims, including one which may be relied upon to establish a pattern of presenting or causing presentation of a fraudulent health care claim, does not preclude prosecution under this section. Prosecution under this section does not preclude prosecution under any other section of the Code.”
Section 2. If any provision of this Act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to that end the provisions of this Act are declared to severable.
Approved June 23,2000