16 December 2012

Life Care Bilked Medicare of Millions, DOJ Suit Says

Nursing Home Chain Life Care Bilked Medicare of Millions, DOJ Suit Says
By Elder Abuse Exposed.com
December 16, 2012

Summary of article:

Following a scathing report last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) on nursing home Medicare fraud, a federal judge recently unsealed court records detailing the U.S. government’s four-year investigation of and Medicare fraud lawsuit against the third-largest nursing home operator, Life Care Centers of America, Inc.
Outline of article:

1.  Two whistleblower Medicare fraud lawsuits prompted DOJ’s investigation of and consolidated False Claims Act lawsuit against Life Care.

2.  Life Care Centers of America used “systematic scheme” to bilk millions from taxpayer-funded Medicare and TRICARE, says DOJ.

3.  Life Care’s “systematic scheme” and constant corporate pressure on rehabilitation therapists to “upcode” increased Medicare payments, says DOJ.

4.  DOJ’s Medicare fraud lawsuit against Life Care seeks triple damages, civil penalties, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, interest, costs, other damages.

5.  Not so fast, said Life Care Centers of America in its public response to government’s lawsuit.

6.  Life Care Centers of America’s public response is at odds with government’s Medicare fraud allegations.

7.  Elder Abuse Exposed.com applauds Justice Department for filing Medicare fraud lawsuits against nursing homes stealing from Americans.

8.  Why has Justice Department not also filed criminal charges against Life Care Centers of America as it has in other fraudulent billing cases?

9.  U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member says companies bilking U.S. should not do business with government again.

10. Rep. Elijah Cummings points out at Maxim Healthcare hearing double standard of justice for wealthy healthcare corporations defrauding U.S.

11. Elder Abuse Exposed.com hopes U.S. will criminally prosecute California nursing home owners guilty of Medicare fraud and criminal elder abuse.

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