$3.75 Million Settlement reached to resolve False Claims Act Allegations against Two Skilled Nursing Facility Companies

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A settlement has been reached resolving False Claims Act Allegations by Life Care Services LLC (LCS), a manager of skilled nursing facilities based in Des Moines, Iowa, and CoreCare V LLP, doing business as ParkVista, a skilled nursing facility in Fullerton, California. They are accused of submitting false claims to Medicare for unreasonable or unnecessary rehabilitation therapy purportedly provided by RehabCare Group East Inc., a subsidiary of Kindred Healthcare Inc. 

The government alleges that ParkVista submitted and LCS caused both ParkVista and the Massachusetts facility to submit false claims for rehabilitation therapy.  Additionally, the government contends that LCS and ParkVista failed to prevent RehabCare from providing unreasonable or unnecessary therapy to patients in order to increase Medicare reimbursement to the facilities.  Further allegations include that the reported therapy did not reflect the lower amounts of therapy generally provided to patients over the course of their stay. 

Finally, the settlement resolves the claims that LCS and ParkVista failed to prevent other RehabCare practices designed to inflate Medicare reimbursement, including: in lieu of using individualized evaluations to determine the level of care most suitable for each patient’s clinical needs, presumptively placing patients in the highest reimbursement level unless it was shown that the patients could not tolerate that amount of therapy; providing the minimum number of minutes of therapy required to bill at the highest reimbursement level while discouraging the provision of therapy in amounts beyond that minimum threshold, despite the Medicare requirement that the amount of care provided be determined by patients’ clinical needs; arbitrarily shifting the number of minutes of planned therapy between therapy disciplines to ensure targeted reimbursement levels were achieved; and reporting estimated or rounded minutes instead of reporting the actual minutes of therapy provided.

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