This Week in Fraud is a peek into the world of whistleblowing and incentivized integrity programs. Each week we highlight important case settlements, industry developments, and general points of interest. Take a moment and see what is happening this week in fraud.
Extendicare Health Services Inc. and subsidiary Progressive Step Corporation have agreed to pay $38 million to the United States and eight states to resolve a whistleblower-initiated case alleging Extendicare billed Medicare and Medicaid for nursing services that were so substandard and deficient that they were effectively worthless. The case was brought in April of 2010 by Tracy Lovvorn, a former Area Director of Rehabilitation at Progressive Step Corporation, a division of Extendicare.