Jacksonville, Florida-based home health company Advanced Homecare, Inc.agreed to pay $1,293,169 to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by billing the government for millions of dollars of medically unnecessary services. According to the government, Advanced Homecare accepted and treated patients who were not actually homebound and did not have a valid physician certification of home health need, as required by Medicare. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Advanced Homecare former employee Marsha Yandell under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Ms. Yandell will receive a whistleblower award of more than $200,000. DOJ
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