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Florida health care company settles federal fraud claims

 
Published March 9, 2015

TAMPA — A South Florida home health care company agreed Monday to pay $1.1 million to resolve claims that it paid doctors extra money in exchange for Medicare patient referrals —- a violation of the federal False Claims Act.

Recovery Home Care was accused of paying dozens of doctors thousands of dollars per month so physicians would send Medicare patients its way, according to a Department of Justice release. The company's entities include Recovery Home Care Inc., Recovery Home Care Services Inc. and National Home Care Holdings LLC.

Gregory Simony, a former company employee, originally filed the federal suit in Tampa. It was settled Monday in Washington D.C., and Simony will receive $198,000 of the recovered funds.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida and the Civil Division's Commercial Litigation Branch worked together to settle the case.

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@tampabay.com or 813-226-3400. Follow @rachelacrosby.