Federal Criminal Complaints have been filed against thirty defendants in the San Francisco area who are charged in a “patients-for-cash” kickback scheme. The complaints center on Amity Home Health Care, the largest home health care provider in the Bay Area, and Advent Care, Inc., a hospice. Under the leadership of Ridhima “Amanda” Singh, Chief Executive Officer, the federal government claims that Amity and Advent paid kickbacks to discharge planners/case managers at hospitals and social workers at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), among others, in exchange for referrals.
The Criminal Complaints says that discharge planners/case managers in hospitals and SNFs received the following in exchange of referrals of home health and hospice patients:
These alleged payments and gifts clearly violate the federal anti-kickback statute. This statute generally prohibits anyone from either offering to give to actually giving anything to anyone in order to induce referrals.