Otsego Home Health Care Company To Pay More Than $700,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Liability
United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced that Accurate Home Care, LLC (“Accurate Home Care”), a home health care company headquartered in Otsego, Minnesota, has agreed to pay $726,957.59 to resolve federal False Claims Act violations arising from the unlawful submission of claims for payment to Minnesota Medicaid, a jointly funded federal and state health care program.
According to the settlement agreement, Accurate Home Care voluntarily disclosed to the United States that it had submitted claims for payment for home care services to both Minnesota Medicaid and private insurers for the same service, and fraudulently retained full payment from Minnesota Medicaid, even where it was not the primary insurer. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Accurate Home Care must pay the United States and the State of Minnesota a total of $726,957.59 to resolve the misconduct. Accurate worked cooperatively with the Department of Justice in voluntarily disclosing the false claims. Department of Justice policy encourages self-reporting of fraud and values company cooperation.
The government’s resolution of this matter illustrates the government’s emphasis on combating health care fraud. One of the most powerful tools in this effort is the False Claims Act. Tips and complaints from all sources about potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, can be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services at 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).
This matter was handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, with assistance from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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