DOJ orders Evolution Health to pay $4.5M over alleged kickbacks, false claims

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A home health company operating in Indiana, Ohio, and Texas agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million to settle allegations it filed false claims by giving sports tickets and other kickbacks to assisted living facilities in exchange for referrals.

Evolution Health, owner of Guardian Health Care, Gem City Home Care, and Care Connection of Cincinnati, agreed to pay $2.1 million in restitution in reaching settlement, according to a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, signed Friday.

Between 2013 and 2022, the companies made lease payments and gave wellness health services, sports tickets, and meals to 46 assisted living facilities and 15 doctors and physician groups in exchange for Medicare patient referrals, according to the settlement. In doing so, the companies violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act.

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