Romy Macasaet and his Illinois-based home health care company Home Bound Healthcare, Inc. agreed to plead guilty and pay $6.8 million to resolve charges of violating the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to medical directors to obtain referrals of Medicare beneficiaries to his company, which was one of the largest home health care and hospice companies in Illinois. Macasaet acknowledged that he retained and paid medical directors a monthly fee solely for the purpose of obtaining patient referrals and not for medical services, and that he used medical director agreements to conceal the payment of kickbacks. As part of the settlement, Macasaet agreed to divest his ownership interest in Home Bound. DOJ (NDIL)
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