October 26, 2001 Lifeline Health Care
Lifeline Health Care of Southwest Florida Inc. has agree to pay over $3 Million Dollars to settle claims asserted in a qui tam lawsuit filed by several nurses who were former employees. As a home health care provider under the Medicare program, Lifeline was to provide services to qualified patients as ordered by the patient’s physician. The allegations raised in the case were that Lifeline submitted false or fraudulent claims for Medicare reimbursement for services rendered to patients who did not qualify for home health care services, or for services that were not medically necessary. Under the provisions of the False Claims Act, the nurses who filed the qui tam action, Doreen Vander Woude, Sharon Judson, Shela Jackson and Tammy Lanning will be eligible to receive between 15 and 25 percent of the $3 Million Dollar settlement.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 10/26/01