The Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced the recovery of $10 million to resolve allegations that a nursing home chain submitted false claims to Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services.
This new settlement reiterates the DoJ’s continued emphasis on FCA enforcement to protect the elderly, especially in nursing homes.
The FCA allows whistleblowers who uncover fraud against the government to file lawsuits on behalf of the government and share in any recovery. The three whistleblowers in this case will be awarded $1.75 million for their efforts in bringing the allegations of fraud to light.
In addition to granting whistleblowers a share of the recovery, the FCA also provides important protections against retaliation.
The settlement discussed above is based on allegations only. There has been no determination of guilt or liability.