A five-year-old whistleblower complaint about alleged healthcare fraud at a south Alabama rehabilitation clinic has resulted in a $10 million settlement involving a string of facilities in Florida.
The Department of Justice released news of the settlement this week. Long-sealed court documents, now revealed, lay out a narrative alleging that two healthcare companies systematically overbilled for rehab services. The DOJ says the case shows its vigilance in defending the Medicare system from false claims.
“Today’s settlement demonstrates our continuing commitment to ensure that Medicare providers do not place their own financial gain over patients’ clinical needs,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Such conduct is especially unacceptable when it seeks to take advantage of older Americans, who are some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”Read more here.