Horizon West Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Horizon West Healthcare Inc., have agreed to pay the United States $14.7 million to settle allegations that the companies violated the civil False Claims Act.

The settlement resolves a qui tam suit brought under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The suit alleged that the nursing home chain falsely inflated the number of nursing hours spent on Medicare patients from 1991 to 1998.

A September 26, 2006 press release is available at U.S. Newswire.

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