Extendicare Health Services Inc., an operator of a chain of skilled nursing facilities, and its subsidiary Progressive Step Corporation (ProStep), agreed to pay $38 million that Extendicare billed Medicare and Medicaid for materially substandard nursing services that were so deficient they were effectively worthless and billed Medicare for medically unreasonable and unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services. It is the largest failure of care settlement with a chain-wide skilled nursing facility in the Justice Department’s history. The government’s charges originated from two whistleblower lawsuits filed by Tracy Lovvron and Donald Gallick under the qui tam provisions of the False Claim Act. They will receive whistleblower awards of more than $1.8 million and $250,000, respectively. DOJ
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