The nation’s largest home health care provider today agreed to pay $150 million to settle claims that it submitted millions of dollars in fraudulent bills to the Medicare program.
Amedisys Home Health Care and Hospice Services had been accused of improperly billing Medicare for ineligible patients, medically unnecessary treatments and services to patients who were not homebound. The company and its subsidiaries also allegedly provided kickbacks to referring doctors, prosecutors said.
The alleged fraudulent acts were the result of management pressure on its staff “to provide care based on the financial benefits to Amedisys, rather than the needs of patients,” federal prosecutors said in a statement issued in Philadelphia today.
Seven whistleblowers, former employees of the Louisiana-based health care provider, will share $26 million of the settlement funds, according to court papers.