Nurse loses license due to Medicaid fraud

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

By Chris Collins

ccollins@bakercityherald.com

The Oregon Board of Nursing has revoked the nursing license of a Halfway man who is serving a 90-day jail sentence for Medicaid fraud committed while providing care to patients.

Jimmie Kent Hilderbrand, 56, pleaded guilty in April to three counts of making a false claim for health care payment (a Class C felony).

The case was prosecuted by Melissa M. Chureau of theOregon Department of Justice's Medicaid Fraud Unit. Gary Kiyuna, a Nyssa attorney, represented Hilderbrand.

In addition to the jail term, Judge Greg Baxter ordered Hilderbrand to complete three years' probation and pay $58,000 in restitution to both the Department of Human Services and the Office of Payment Accuracy and Recovery. He also must pay $950 court fines and fees.

As part of his probation, Hilderbrand is not allowed to leave Oregon without permission and he is not allowed to work in any job in which he would be paid directly or indirectly with Medicaid money.

Hilderbrand did not respond to letters informing him of the board's plan to revoke his nursing license and made no request for a hearing on the matter. The final order revoking his license was issued by default because Hilderbrand did not respond, according to the Nursing Board.

Hilderbrand remains in custody at the Baker County Jail and is expected to be released July 8.

The Board of Nursing was notified on Nov. 27, 2012, that Hilderbrand had been indicted by a Baker County grand jury on 13 counts of Medicaid fraud, according to the Board of Nursing's findings in its investigation. He also was accused of falsifying patient assessments and nursing care plans while providing contract services for Baker County Seniors and People with Disabilities, the report stated.

The grand jury indicted Hilderbrand on Oct. 25, 2012, on 12 counts of making a false claim for health-care payment, a Class C felony, and one count of falsifying business records, a misdemeanor charge. All other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The crimes involved three patients and took place between July 2010 and January 2012.

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