Pacific Health to Pay $16.5M to Settle Kickback Allegations Involving the Homeless

Los Angeles-based Pacific Health has agreed to pay $16.5 million to resolve allegations that its subsidiaries paid illegal kickbacks in exchange for patients recruited among homeless populations and then provided allegedly unnecessary care in a scheme to overbill Medicare and Medi-Cal, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

The U.S. attorney's office for the Central District of California has said it will drop criminal conspiracy charges if Pacific Health completes its settlement payment by March 2017, in addition to other conditions.

The settlement agreements include $15.9 million in restitution and other damages as part of a civil settlement between the government, Pacific Health, parent company Health Investment Corp., and three hospitals: Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Anaheim (Calif.) General Hospital and Newport Specialty Hospital in Tustin, Calif.

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