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Feds: home health company paying $150M settlement

Wednesday - 4/23/2014, 4:15pm  ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department says a Baton Rouge-based home health company will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings.

A news release says Amedisys (uh-MED-uh-sis) Inc. is one of the nation's largest home health providers, operating in 37 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The company did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.

Prosecutors note that the settlement does not admit guilt. It resolves allegations that some Amedisys offices billed Medicare for unnecessary services and for patients who were not homebound.

It also resolves seven whistleblower lawsuits, six in Pennsylvania and one in Georgia. Authorities say the whistleblowers, mostly former Amedisys workers, will split more than $26 million.

Federal prosecutors in Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina and New York State also worked on the case.

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