Intrepid USA, a Minnesota-based home health care chain, has paid the United States $8 million to settle a False Claims Act suit. The suit alleged that the company overbilled overbilled three government health care programs – Medicare, Medicaid, and the military health care programs, TRICARE/CHAMPUS.
The company, which has more than 150 home health agencies, was alleged to have billed for service which were not provided by a qualified person, for services which were not properly documented, or for services which were never provided.
The U.S. Dept. of Justice press release announcing the settlement was issued on February 9, 2006.