Two Home Health Care Agency Owners and Two Docs Among Nine Busted for Paying and Receiving Kickbacks for Medicare Patient Referrals

doc-thumbCHICAGO (September 25) – Two owners of Rosner home health care agency near Chicago and two physicians were among nine people charged in a 27-count indictment with federal offenses for paying and receiving kickbacks in exchange for the referral of Medicare patients for home health care services.
Three defendants were charged with one count of conspiracy to pay illegal kickbacks for Medicare patient referrals. Eight of the nine defendants were charged with two or more counts of violating the anti-kickback statute.
According to the indictment between January 2008 and July 2012, three defendants conspired with others to pay kickbacks and bribes to doctors. The amount of kickbacks varied from $300 to $600 for each new patient’s completion of five home health visits in one cycle and ranged between the same amounts for the repeat admission of a previous patient in a new cycle of home health care.
Medicare paid the HHCA approximately $13 million for claims submitted for home health services between January 2008 and January 2012.
Conspiracy and each count of violating the anti-kickback statute carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

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