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Home Health Agencies Pay to Settle False Claims Act Claims

January 11, 2010

The DoJ announces the United States and the state of New York have reached a settlement with three home health agencies. The home health agencies Nursing Personnel Home Care(Nursing Personnel), Extended Home Care(Extended) and Excellent Home Care(Excellent) will pay for submitting false claims to Medicare. Nursing Personnel knowingly supplied aides with phony training certificates to Extended and Excellent. The latter aware of the phony certificates billed the Medicare program for the aides’ services. The allegations were brought by whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The government will receive $9.7 million and the state of New York will receive $14.3 million. Whistleblower Maurice Keshner will receive $251,107 from the government’s recovery from Nursing Personnel. Fellow whistleblower, Deborah Yannicelli will receive $1,663,040 from the government’s recovery form Extended and Excellent.

To report Medicare Fraud, contact Frohsin & Barger.

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