Apria investigation still on

Monday, May 31, 2004

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Government officials still are investigating a claim that Apria fraudulently over billed Medicare and other federal program for millions of dollars - a claim, that if true, could result in $9 billion in penalties, Apria stated in a March filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The investigation stems from a whistleblower lawsuit.

Apria has acknowledged that there may be errors and omissions in supporting documentation affecting some of the claims in question. However, it considers the maximum $9 billion penalty unsupported.

The company believes that most of the alleged documentation errors and omissions should not result in overpayment refunds or other liabilities, the company reported in its SEC filing.