Skilled Nursing Facility Chain to Pay $11.2 Million
SavaSeniorCare LLC and related entities have agreed to pay $11.2 million to resolve allegations that Sava violated the False Claims Act by causing its skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to bill Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary, or skilled and to resolve allegations that Sava billed Medicare and Medicaid for grossly substandard skilled nursing services. Sava allegedly set aggressive targets for the highest Medicare reimbursement rates to significantly increase revenues without regard for patients’ actual clinical needs and then pressured staff to meet those targets. Sava also allegedly delayed discharging patients from its facilities in order to increase its Medicare payments, even though the patients were medically ready to be discharged. Read a Department of Justice press release.
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