U.S. Department Of Justice
Elder abuse is inflicted upon many of the more than 2 million Americans in long-term care settings, and more oversight is needed, according to a government report published Wednesday.
The nation's largest long-term care pharmacy has agreed to a $124 million settlement over claims of kickbacks to nursing homes in the form of price breaks on certain drugs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
The federal government has joined in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that a large hospitalist company engaged in systematic "upcoding" of Medicare and Medicaid claims.
Odyssey Hospice has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice a cash settlement of $25 million. Odyssey, which was acquired in 2010 by Gentiva Health Services, was investigated by the DOJ for continuous care services given between Jan. 1, 2006 and Jan. 22, 2009.
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) has released the hold on the nomination of Michelle Leonhart to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. That occurred after the U.S. Department of Justice assured him that the DEA would address and improve the delivery of pain medications in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.