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AdaptHealth resolves alleged false claims violations 

AdaptHealth resolves alleged false claims violations 

PHILADELPHIA – AdaptHealth will pay $5.3 million to resolve alleged False Claims Act violations for submitting allegedly false claims to federal health care programs for respiratory devices that patients did not need or use, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  

The settlement resolves allegations that between 2013 and 2017 AdaptHealth, known at the time as QMES and Tri-County Medical Equipment and Supply, knowingly and willfully billed federal payers for non-invasive ventilators when a patient was, instead, prescribed and used a BiPAP machine, which is reimbursed at thousands of dollars less per year. 

It also resolves allegations that the company continued billing federal payers for vents after patients no longer needed or were using them, and double-billed those payers for some vent rentals in violation of program requirements. 

In a statement provided to HME News, AdaptHealth stated:

"AdaptHealth is pleased that this publicly disclosed investigation into the company’s non-invasive ventilator billing practices from 2013 to 2017 has been concluded without findings of liability by the company. Compliance remains a pillar of AdaptHealth’s business and culture and the company cooperated fully with the investigation. Our accredited compliance program operates under the oversight of our board of directors and our chief compliance officer, and all employees undergo significant compliance-related training and are encouraged to report all suspected instances of fraud, waste or abuse."

The settlement resolves a lawsuit originally brought by Michael J. Kelly, a former QMES employee, under the whistleblower, or qui tam, provisions of the False Claims Act. He will receive approximately $950,000 of the settlement. 

The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability.  


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