Nursing Home Operator Agrees to Pay $48 million

In early October 2013, a nursing home operator in southern California entered into a settlement agreement to pay $48 million to resolve two whistleblower lawsuits filed against it by former employees of the company. These two lawsuits, United States ex rel. Patterson v. Ensign Grp., Inc., C.D. Cal., No. 06-cv-6956, unsealed 11/18/13 and United States ex rel. Sanchez v. Ensign Grp., Inc., C.D. Cal., No. 06-cv-643, unsealed 11/18/13, alleged that from January 1999 through August 2011, six nursing facilities operated by the California-based Ensign Group (1) submitted false claims to the federal Medicare program for physical, occupation, and speech therapy services to beneficiaries that were not medically necessary and (2) allegedly submitted claims for services that were not provided. The full settlement agreement can be found here.

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