Nursing Home Company Pays More Than $400,000 Over Medicaid Irregularities

MoneyO’Brien County, Iowa — The parent company of two O’Brien County Nursing homes has agreed to pay over $415,000 to resolve civil allegations that they submitted inaccurate cost reports for Medicaid payments for the 2008 and 2010 fiscal years, according to a release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.

The settlement agreement involves Signature Care Centers, LLC, the parent company of the Primghar Rehabilitation and Care Center and Sutherland Care Center, as well as a trio of other nursing homes.  The release says that the government didn’t allege any patient harm or jeopardy to patient’s conditions, and that there was no admission of liability or wrongdoing included as part of the settlement.

The release says that of the total amount recovered, approximately $231,000 is related to the conduct associated with facilities in the Southern District of Iowa, with the remaining $184,000 related to the conduct of facilities in the Northern District.

The matter was pursued jointly by the US Attorney’s Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, working cooperatively with the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise, Iowa’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.



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