Corporate Compliance

New York home health facilities owe state and U.S. $24 million in false claims suit

Compliance Monitor, December 23, 2009

Three New York home health agencies agreed to settle claims that the companies submitted false claims for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement worth $24 million, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
According to the DOJ, Nursing Personnel Home Care knowingly supplied home aides with fake training certificates to staffers at Extended Home Care and Excellent Home Care. Extended Home Care and Excellent Home Care allegedly billed New York’s Medicaid program for services never rendered, or rendered by untrained aides.
The United States will receive approximately $9.7 million in the recovery; New York will receive $14.3 million. Whistleblower, Maurice Keshner, and Extended and Excellent whistleblower Deborah Yannicelli, will receive approximately $250,000 and $1.6 million, respectively.

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