Supplier of Mattresses for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Settles Case of False Medicare Claims

The Federal Attorney General's Office has recently reached a settlement in a case involving Medicare reimbursement claims for specialized bed surfaces. The special beds are specifically meant for people with bed sores or pressure ulcers (aka decubitus ulcers).

The settlement comes after federal investigators concluded that a company named Hill-Rom, which supplies the special mattresses and beds, submitted Medicare claims over a period of 8 years for patients who did not need the devices, who were not using the devices and even for patients who had already passed away.

Officials for the company claim they did no wrong, but they have agreed to pay Medicare back what was allegedly gained through fraud, plus another 8 million to former sales who initially alerted investigators to their concerns. In connection with the fraud, the company will receive additional oversight from the Department of Health and Human Services for the next five years. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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