Nursing Home Chain Settles False Claims Probe for $15 Million (1)

Feb. 19, 2020, 6:02 PMUpdated: Feb. 19, 2020, 11:24 PM

A nursing-home company with 50 facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia will pay nearly $15.5 million to settle whistleblower allegations that it billed Medicare for medically unnecessary rehabilitation services, the Department of Justice said.

Guardian Elder Care Holdings Inc. and a group of related entities are alleged to have knowingly billed Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program at the highest level of reimbursement when that level of services was not needed, the DOJ said in a statement Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleged that Guardian pressured rehabilitation therapists to treat patients suffering from dementia who did not need or ...

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