Home health providers in the U.S. have paid at least $422.6 million to settle False Claims Act (FCA) allegations since 2012, according to a recently unveiled database from Nashville, Tennessee-based legal firm Bass, Berry & Sims.
The total number of annual settlements have varied greatly, from a high of 14 in 2015 to a low of one in 2012. The overall settlement value has likewise fluctuated from year to year, with 2014’s total of $211.7 million serving as the single-largest sum over the past decade.
“We wanted to create a database of False Claims Act settlements to allow providers to have easy access to information, to see the cases that the government or regulators have resolved in the health care fraud space,” Bass, Berry & Sims Partner Brian Roark told Home Health Care News. “This is the first publicly available database of this type.”