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Justice Department must pay HCR ManorCare legal fees

In an Oct. 27 ruling, U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan agreed with ManorCare, striking a report submitted by Ms. Clearwater and lambasting the DOJ.

I have looked at this stuff, and I'm appalled, I'm embarrassed, I'm ashamed that the Department of Justice would rely on this kind of nonsense by a nurse reviewer to get involved in a qui tam case and cost these defendants millions of dollars in legal fees, Judge Buchanan said.

The HCR ManorCare lawsuits were previously referenced on TT in this thread regarding Steve Cavanaugh being named as Chairman of UT's board of trustees :

created by mom2 on Nov 06, 2017 at 09:30:54 pm     Legal     Comments: 2

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So HCR was accused of 1200 fraudulent Medicare claims over 5 1/2 years. That's 218 a year, or 18 a month, or 1 every other day. For a group that manages 281 facilities in 30 states. Don't you think that if there was a practice of filing bad claims it would be a lot more? Not saying that there may have been some questionable individual treatment actions taken, but I'm guessing that's a small percentage of what was actually correctly billed by HCR.

The qui tam lawsuit means those who file (it wasn't originally the government) get a percentage of the recovery so given the judge's criticism, it seems the lawsuit was totally self-motivated.

posted by not_me on Nov 07, 2017 at 12:36:58 pm     #   3 people liked this

The Justice Department has officially dropped the case against HCR Manorcare.

(It was still under review as of the originally posted article, but it's not surprising that everything was dropped.)

posted by mom2 on Nov 10, 2017 at 06:49:54 am     #