1:26pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Feds Join Nurses' Registry Lawsuit

The U. S. Department of Justice has joined in a lawsuit against Lexington-based Nurses’ Registry and Home Health Corporation alleging that the firm falsified claims to Medicare.  The government joins the suit that was originally filed in March 2008 by two former Nurses’ Registry employees, Alicia Robinson-Hill and David Price.

According to the complaint filed in U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, “Nurses’ Registry exaggerated the medical conditions and needs of its patients for home health care services, both at the start of service and for additional and continuing care, in order to qualify for, and artificially increase, its claims to Medicare.”

The suit was filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allow private individuals to sue on behalf of the United States and share in any recovery. The Act permits the government to recover three times it damages, plus civil penalties.

Kerry Harvey, U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, said in a Justice Department press release, “this complaint alleges serious and extensive health care fraud. Our office is committed to rooting out such fraud, and after investigating the allegations we concluded that it was appropriate to pursue these claims in court.”
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