A St. Louis home health company will pay close to $175,000 in settling a Medicaid fraud case with the state of Missouri.
Infiniti Home Care, Inc. reached a settlement this month, announced by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, that will total 174,504 for billing Medicaid for home care services the company did not provide. The company focused on providing home care for older people and disabled people, with the fraudulent services being provided from February 2009 to February 2012. According to the attorney general’s office, the company billed Medicaid for services even though no care attendant appeared in the client’s home at all.
“Home-bound Medicaid clients rely on home health care businesses to provide essential assistance, and companies like Infiniti Home Care are expected to supervise their employees and ensure Medicaid services are delivered. In this case, the company failed to carry out its duties,” Koster said. “I am committed to holding companies responsible for doing what Medicaid pays them to do – making sure that services are properly provided and that Medicaid clients receive the assistance they deserve.”
The settlement includes $23,001 in restitution and the remainder for damages, penalties and investigation costs.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker