Government Announces $48 Million Settlement In Healthcare Fraud Case
Former Employees Blew The Whistle On The Fraud
Whistleblowers Rewarded $12.4 Million
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Encompass Health Corporation, formerly known as HealthSouth Corporation, has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve allegations in three whistleblower cases that it was enrolling patients in a rehabilitation program and charging Medicare whether the enrolled patients would benefit from rehab or not. The DOJ referred to the company as the nation’s largest operator of inpatient rehabilitation facilities. The qui tam cases were brought under the False Claims Act (FCA) by a former company physician in Florida, the head of therapy at a Texas facility and the medical director at a Virginia hospital. The whistleblowers’ collective share of the settlement will be $12.4 million. Encompass Health did not admit to any wrongdoing, maintains it fully cooperated with the DOJ’s investigation, and blames independent physicians for the false diagnoses.
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 The three cases are captioned United States ex rel. Simon, et al. v. HealthSouth Corp., et al.; Case No. 08-CV-236 (M.D. Fla.); United States ex rel. Higgins v. HealthSouth Corp.; Case No. 3:12 CV 2496 (N.D. Tex.); and United States ex rel. Clarke et al. v. HealthSouth Corp.; Case No. 1:12 CV 853 (E.D. Va.). The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability. Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in any of the cases in any way.