September 12, 2016

September 9, 2016

Los Angeles nursing home Westlake Convalescent Hospital and two physicians who worked there, Dr. Jasvant Modi and his wife Dr. Meera Modi, agreed to pay $3,563,140 to resolve charges they violated the False Claims Act by participating in a scheme to improperly transfer patients recruited from the “Skid Row” district to a hospital for medically unnecessary services, and then transfer the patients from the hospital to the nursing home for medically unnecessary stays.  According to the government, Westlake paid illegal kickbacks to a “care consortium” on Skid Row in exchange for patient referrals to Westlake.  Jasvant Modi allegedly readmitted patients from Westlake to the now-closed Temple Community Hospital and then back to Westlake to extend the patients’ Medicare-covered stays at Westlake, knowing the patients did not require further services at either facility.  Meera Modi allegedly signed medical orders for non-payable services for these same patients. Westlake allegedly billed Medicare and Medi-Cal for medically unnecessary services provided to these patients.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by former Westlake employee Ricardo Gonzales under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  He will receive a whistleblower award of $534,471 from the proceeds of the government’s recovery.  DOJ (CDCA)

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