False Claims Act liability for poor quality of care
Jason R. Edgecombe and Ted Lotchin
Sep 14, 2015
Not surprisingly, different federal courts have staked out different positions on the standard for liability under a worthless services complaint.
Brookdale ‘whistleblower’ suit dismissed
Apr 06, 2015
A federal judge has dismissed a former Brookdale Senior Living employee’s False Claims Act suit against the company while leaving the door open for an amended complaint, according to published reports
Complaint by whistleblowers will cost hospice $4 million
James M. Berklan
Mar 05, 2015
A hospice company that hired medical directors with close ties to nursing homes to better pursue allegedly fraudulent practices has agreed to a $4 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.
FL hospice, nursing homes, hospital passed patients back and forth to juice profits, whistleblowers charge
Oct 29, 2014
Two Florida nursing homes and a hospital allowed a hospice company to provide free services in exchange for patient referrals, according to recently unsealed whistleblower charges.
Court green-lights charges that a healthcare network underused observation stays
Oct 23, 2014
A whistleblower can continue to pursue charges that a Nevada healthcare network routinely admitted people as hospital inpatients when they should have been placed in observation status, a federal appeals...
Omnicare off the hook in drug packaging case after Supreme Court passes
Oct 09, 2014
Long-term care pharmacy Omnicare will not face False Claims Act penalties for drug packaging practices that apparently ran afoul of safety regulations. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the...
SNFs should expect more ‘worthless services’ whistleblower charges, expert says
Oct 08, 2014
Skilled nursing facilities soon might be facing an onslaught of whistleblower lawsuits alleging “worthless services,” a legal expert cautioned Tuesday.
NJ physicians to face charges that they kept people as inpatients to qualify them for SNF coverage, judge...
Sep 03, 2014
A whistleblower can continue to pursue charges that a number of New Jersey physicians improperly designated Medicare beneficiaries as inpatients and sometimes prolonged their hospital stay to qualify them...
Federal judge dismisses nursing home ‘kickback’ case; upholds large X-ray company’s...
Sep 02, 2014
The way mobile x-ray company Mobilex bills nursing homes is acceptable, a federal judge recently determined. Mobilex is the nation’s largest provider of mobile diagnostic services. It had been facing...
$9 million verdict against nursing home thrown out by appeals court
Aug 26, 2014
An Illinois nursing home won a victory last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit voided a $9 million verdict.