$48 Million Settlement reached in Whistelblower Lawsuit with The Ensign Group Inc

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A settlement has been reached in a whistleblower class action lawsuit brought against The Ensign Group Inc who is accused of knowingly submitting to Medicare false claims for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services. The Ensign Group Inc operates nursing homes across the western U.S. Six of Ensign’s skilled nursing facilities in California allegedly submitted the false claims:  Atlantic Memorial Healthcare Center, located in Long Beach; Panorama Gardens, located in Panorama City; The Orchard Post-Acute Care (a.k.a. Royal Court), located in Whittier; Sea Cliff Healthcare Center, located in Huntington Beach; Southland, located in Norwalk; and Victoria Care Center, located in Ventura.  

The whisltleblowers' share of the government's recovery has not been determined. 

The first of two whistleblower cases was filed in 2006.  The government's case alleged that between January 1, 1999, and August 31, 2011, six Ensign skilled nursing facilities submitted false claims to the government for physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided to Medicare beneficiaries that were not medically necessary.  Specifically, Ensign provided therapy to patients whose conditions and diagnoses did not warrant it, solely to increase its reimbursement from Medicare.  The government further alleged that Ensign created a corporate culture that improperly incentivized therapists and others to increase the amount of therapy provided to patients to meet planned targets for Medicare revenue.  These targets were set without regard to patients’ individual therapy needs and could only be achieved by billing at the highest reimbursement levels.  The government also alleged that Ensign billed for inflated amounts of therapy it had not provided and that certain patients were kept in these facilities for periods of time exceeding what was medically necessary for treatment of their conditions.

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