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Discharge Planners Targeted for Home Health Fraud

December 30, 2019

 

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:

 

  • Cash periodically delivered in envelopes

 

  • Gift cards ranging in value from $2,000 to $5,000

 

  • Handbags from Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Nordstrom

 

  • All expenses paid trips to Napa, California

 

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.