March 5, 2021
A substance abuse treatment facility and two inpatient psychiatric hospitals in Ohio, along with their corporate parent, have agreed to pay $10.25 million
to resolve claims under the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act. According to DOJ, between 2013 and 2019, The Woods at Parkside
, Cambridge Behavioral Hospital
, and Ridgeview Behavioral Hospital
—all owned by Florida-based Oglethorpe Inc.
—allegedly provided improper inducements in the form of free long-distance transportation in order to entice patients to seek treatment at their facilities, and then submitted claims for services provided to those patients to Medicare. The case was initiated by a former client advocate working at Cambridge, Darlene Baker. DOJ
; USAO SDOH