Reliant Care Group to pay $8.3M to resolve false claims allegations

Reliant Care Group, a Maryland Heights, Mo.-based nursing home operator, has agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle allegations it submitted false claims to Medicare for medically unnecessary physical, speech and occupational therapy provided to nursing home residents, according to the Department of Justice.

The government alleged Reliant provided the unnecessary care to nursing home residents between January 2008 and April 2014. The government further alleged some members of Reliant's management team pressured therapists to provide services to residents even when the therapists believed the therapy was not medically necessary.

In addition to the monetary settlement, Reliant entered into a corporate integrity agreement with HHS' Office of Inspector General.

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