Visiting Physicians Association to Pay $9.5M to Resolve Whistleblower Allegations
Visiting Physicians Association, a home health services group, will pay the federal government and the state of Michigan $9.5 million to settle whistleblower allegations that it reportedly submitted false claims to three government-sponsored healthcare programs, the U.S. Justice Department announced.
The government had alleged that VPA, based in Farmington Hills, MI, submitted claims to Medicare, TRICARE, and Michigan Medicaid for unnecessary home visits and care plan oversight services, for unnecessary tests and procedures, and for more complex evaluation and management services than the services that VPA provided.
The settlement involves four lawsuits filed by private plaintiffs under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private parties to file an action on the government's behalf and share in any recovery. The four whistleblowers named in the settlement will split $1.7 million.
"This settlement illustrates the government's commitment to pursuing those who defraud Medicare and other important programs and drive up the costs of healthcare," said Tony West, assistant attorney general for DOJ's Civil Division. "The Justice Department will continue to work with our federal and state partners to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent on healthcare services for patients, not wasted on fraud and abuse."
VPA provides home health services in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- Antibiotic Overuse a 'Huge Threat' to Patient Safety, Says CDC
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- CHS Hacked, 4.5M Patient Records Compromised
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- Business Roundup: M&A Activity Down Slightly in First Half of 2014
- CFO Exchange: Healthcare Leaders Share 5 Innovative Ideas
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- Large Employers Trimming Healthcare Spending
- 3 Things the Ice Bucket Challenge Can Teach Hospital Marketers