December 03, 2020

Home Health Agency And Former Owners To Pay $5.8 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Doctor’s Choice Home Care, Inc. and its former executives have agreed to pay $5.15 million to resolve allegations violating the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.  The parties allegedly entered into sham medical director agreements with physicians as a means of providing remuneration for referrals. In addition, Doctor’s Choice provided bonuses to employees based on referrals by the employees’ physician spouses. Doctor’s Choice will pay an additional $675,000 to resolve separate allegations that employees pressured clinical personnel to increase the number of home visits for Medicare patients to avoid the Medicare Low Utilization Payment Adjustment that would have decreased the reimbursement from Medicare in the absence of these unnecessary services.