How Two Nursing Home Staffers Uncovered A $230M Medicare Fraud In Columbia, Tennessee. Exposing Misconduct.

How Two Nursing Home Staffers Uncovered A $230M Medicare Fraud In Columbia, Tennessee

June 11, 2018

A nursing home chain with more than two dozen facilities in Tennessee has settled a $230 million Medicare fraud case.

The government’s investigation launched in 2014 when two whistleblowers started collecting evidence on their own.

LeeAnn Holt and Kristi Emerson, both of whom are occupational therapists from Columbia, collected reams of anecdotes — in part, because they were concerned they might get in trouble themselves.  That evidence is the basis of settlement announced late Friday between the federal government and Louisville-based Signature Healthcare, which operates more than 100 facilities in 17 states.

Holt recalls a patient with advanced cancer who just wanted to spend time with her family rather than continue with therapy.

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