Three Florida Companies Agree to Permanent Exclusion
Effective January 5, 2016, in connection with the resolution of False Claims Act liability, three Florida based companies American Therapeutic Corporation, American Sleep Institute, and MedLink Professional Management (collectively, “the practices”), agreed to be permanently excluded from participating in Federal health care programs under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7(b)(7). OIG's investigation revealed that the practices: (1) paid kickbacks to “patient brokers” who owned Assisted Living Facilities and Halfway Houses in the Miami area, in exchange for referring individuals known to be ineligible for treatment; (2) submitted or caused claims to be submitted to Medicare for medically unnecessary services and (3) falsified medical documentation to obtain Medicare reimbursement. Senior Counsel Kristen Schwendinger represented OIG.
- Date:January 5, 2016
- CMP and Affirmative Exclusions