CareAll Management, a large Tennessee-based home health agency, admits no guilt, but agrees to pay the feds $9.375 million to settle charges that the agency falsely billed to Medicare.
The government claimed that the agency improperly billed for management fees (cost reports) in eight separate reports the agency filed with Medicare officials starting in the late 1990s through 2002.
The agency maintains its innocence and has not been convicted of anything. Owner James Carell told The Tennessean that he did not violate the law, but agreed to a settlement in order to move forward.
The false reporting scheme alleged in this case robbed the Medicare Trust Fund of millions of taxpayer dollars, said Stuart Delery, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice in a press release. Settlements like this one make sure that our federal health care dollars are spent appropriately on maintaining critical health care programs.
Im 76 years old, and I settled with them because I need to get it over with and get on with life, said Carell. It makes the papers tomorrow, and then (it) will be over with. We settled, and thats it.