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Iowa home care company to pay $5.63 million settlement

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The United States Department of Justice says ResCare Iowa Inc. has agreed to pay $5.63 million to the United States and the state of Iowa.

The home care company had been accused of violating the False Claims Act by submitting false home healthcare billings to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Medicare and Iowa Medicaid require an independent physician to certify that home healthcare services are medically necessary and to order the type and amount of healthcare services to be provided by the home health agency. Independent physicians are also required to give a face-to-face assessment of each patient before the home health agency can bill the government for any home healthcare services.

ResCare Iowa was accused of billing the government for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients without the proper documentation from 2009 to 2014.

The state of Iowa will receive $2.32 million of the settlement amount.

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