Corporate Compliance

MI home health services provider will pay $9.5 million to settle false claims suit

Compliance Monitor, January 6, 2010

Visiting Physicians Association, a Michigan-based home health services provider, agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle allegations that the association submitted false claims to Medicare, TRICARE, and the Michigan Medicaid program, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

According to the DOJ, Visiting Physicians Association submitted claims for:

  • Unnecessary home visits and care plan oversight services
  • Unnecessary tests and procedures
  • More complex evaluation and management services than it actually provided
Four whistleblowers filed the lawsuit under the False Claims Act’s qui tam provision. The whistleblowers will receive a $1.7 million share of the settlement.

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