Florida home health care companies Recovery Home Care Inc., Recovery Home Care Services Inc. and National Home Care Holdings LLC have agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations that Recovery Home Care violated the False Claims Act by improperly paying doctors for referrals of home health care services provided to Medicare patients. According to the government, the physicians were over-compensated for any actual work they performed and, in reality, they were paid to induce them to refer their patients to Recovery Home Care in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Recovery Home Care employee Gregory Simony under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Simony will receive a whistleblower award of $198,000. DOJ
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