Just one week ago, the Hebrew Homes Health Network, Inc., along with its former president and executive director, came to an agreement with the authorities: They would pay $17 million to close the False Claims Act case against them.
According to a recent article in The National Law Review, Hebrew Homes was charged with violating the Anti-Kickback Statute, which forbids health care facilities from essentially bribing doctors to refer Medicare patients to them. The $17 million settlement is the largest ever obtained for such a violation in the U.S. so far.
Of course, Hebrew Homes isn’t the only health care provider to face prosecution for alleged False Claims Act violations and other types of fraud. Numerous members of Riverside General Hospital in Texas were convicted earlier this month of participating in Medicare fraud that cheated the government out of more than $150 million.
Riverside’s former president was sentenced to 45 years in prison and ordered to repay more than $46 million. His son was also sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to repay more than $7 million. Other individuals involved in the scheme were also sentenced to significant prison time and ordered to repay millions.
Because health care law is so complex, it only makes sense to consult an attorney skilled in Anti-Kickback violations, the False Claims Act and related legal matters if you have questions or concerns. An experienced legal professional can sort through the facts of the case and provide advice tailored to your particular situation.