Nursing Home Chain Settles for $10 Million
Saber Healthcare Group LLC and related entities have agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations that Saber violated the False Claims Act by knowingly causing certain skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to submit false claims to Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary, or skilled, the Department of Justice announced.
Medicare reimburses skilled nursing facilities at a daily rate that reflects the skilled therapy and nursing needs of qualifying patients. The greater the patient’s needs, the higher the level of Medicare reimbursement. The highest level of Medicare reimbursement for SNFs is for “Ultra High” patients. It is alleged that Saber improperly established general goals that all patients should be provided with the Ultra High level of therapy, regardless of the patients’ individual therapeutic needs, and enforced that expectation by pressuring therapists to provide Ultra High therapy to each patient at nine facilities. Read a Department of Justice press release.
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