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$9.5 Million to Settle Medicare Allegations

(CN) - The Visiting Physicians Association will pay Michigan and the federal government $9.5 million to settle allegations it submitted false claims to Medicare, TRICARE and the Michigan Medicaid program. The Association provides home health services in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia and Wisconsin.

The Farmington Hills, Mich.-based company was accused of submitting claims to Medicare, TRICARE and Michigan Medicaid for unnecessary home visits and oversight services, for unnecessary tests and procedures, and for evaluation and management services that were more complex than the services VPA actually provided.

"This settlement illustrates the government's commitment to pursuing those who defraud Medicare and other important programs and drive up the costs of health care," said Assistant Attorney General Tony West.

The settlement resolves four lawsuits filed by private plaintiffs under whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.

The four whistleblower plaintiffs will receive a total of $1.7 million from this settlement.

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