Dubuque Care Facility’s Owner Agrees to Repay Federal Medicaid Funds to Resolve Allegations Relating to COVID-19 Screening Procedures
Ultimate Nursing Services of Iowa, Inc., and its president, Steven Tucker Anderson, have agreed to pay $1,000,000 to settle allegations they violated the False Claims Act.
The allegations relate to cost reports submitted by Ultimate Nursing for the period beginning January 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2013. During this period, the company received payment for services to Medicaid beneficiaries in part through the submission of cost reports reflecting the costs associated with the provision of services and patient care. The government alleged that Ultimate Nursing’s cost reports for this period improperly resulted in payment for non-reimbursable travel and entertainment expenses and for non-reimbursable costs associated with services provided to Ultimate Nursing by other entities owned by Anderson or a family member.
“We will continue to use every resource available to ensure that all Iowa health care providers play by the same rules and that government money intended to pay for health care for Medicaid or Medicare beneficiaries is spent only for its intended purpose,” said United States Attorney Kevin W. Techau. “We also recognize the cooperation we received from the company and its president from the onset of this investigation and appreciate their willingness to work with us to address the issues raised by the investigation.”
The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The claims settled by this agreement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.
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