Whistleblower Settles Case Claiming Hospice Provider Defrauded Medicare for $25 Million
Posted on Mar 04, 2012
A hospice care provider has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a whistleblower suit arising from false claims it submitted to Medicare. The whistleblower, Jane Tuchalski, a former company nurse, claimed that Odyseey Healthcare, Inc. defrauded Medicare by enrolling and recertifying non-terminal patients and then continuing to bill for services not necessary or reasonable. Odysse, which is now part of Gentiva Healthcare, paid $12.6 million to settle a whistleblower suit in 2006.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
The federal False Claims Act allows whistleblowers to file suit to recover monies that government contractors and suppliers have defrauded the government of. The whistleblower will keep, as a service fee, some 15-25% of monies recovered.
Lexington, Kentucky whistleblower lawyer Robert Abell represents whistleblowers in False Claims Act suits seeking to recover monies that a federal government supplier or contractor has obtained by fraud; contact him at 859-254-7076.
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