Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Apria Healthcare Group said it has completed a $1.7 million settlement of all claims brought against the company in a civil "whistleblower" lawsuit filed in July 1995.
In December, the company announced an agreement in principle to settle the claims (Dec. 16, 1996, p. 16). The final agreement mirrored the earlier one.
Apria agreed to pay $1.7 million to the federal government to settle allegations that the company improperly compensated physicians in exchange for patient referrals.
Apria admitted no liability, and the original plaintiff and the government, which had intervened to litigate some of the claims, agreed to a complete dismissal of the lawsuit.
The company said the government has no intent to investigate any other contracts that were brought up during the course of the investigation. Apria provides home-care services through more than 350 locations in 50 states.