Respiratory provider settles allegations

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON – North Atlantic Medical Services, DBA Regional Home Care, has agreed to pay $852,378 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, according to a release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The company was accused of billing Medicare and Medicaid for respiratory services provided by unlicensed personnel from September 2010 to January 2013. Regional Home Care is based in Massachusetts, which requires respiratory therapists to be licensed.  “To safeguard patient health and ensure that taxpayer money is spent well, Medicare and Medicaid require providers of respiratory care services to follow state licensure rules,” said Special Agent in Charge Phillip M. Coyne for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.  “Companies seeking to boost profits by using unlicensed personnel will be held accountable for their actions.”