Visiting Physicians Association, Farmington Hills, Mich., agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle allegations that the home-care company billed federal and Michigan health programs for unnecessary visits and other services as well as more complex evaluation and management than was actually provided, the U.S. Justice Department announced.
Visiting Physicians to pay $9.5 million over false claims allegations
Such settlements typically stipulate that the target of the allegations doesn't admit liability by entering the agreement. The document could not be obtained at deadline, and Visiting Physicians did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The government's interest was triggered by four whistle-blower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act, and the whistle-blowers are set to receive a combined $1.7 million from the settlement payment, according to the Justice Department. Visiting Physicians' doctors provide home-based primary and geriatric care in Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.
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