April 8, 2016
On March 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice launched 10 regional task forces targeting “grossly substandard care” in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across the country. The task forces combine federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, and other agencies to root out and prosecute such providers for Medicare and Medicaid fraud, decreasing the department’s historic reliance on whistleblower allegations for such claims.

Nursing providers and owners whose facilities fall short of Medicare’s quality-of-care standards face potential liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) and even significant prison time. These task forces will increase the Department’s scrutiny on nursing home operations and could lead to more FCA cases and prosecutions for the Department nationwide.

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