gavel-thumbnailA Louisville, Kentucky-based company has agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle allegations that it submitted false home healthcare billings for services in Iowa to the federal government. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa says ResCare Iowa Incorporated has agreed to pay $5.6 million to resolve allegations that the company submitted false billings to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The rules require independent physicians to perform an in-person assessments of each patient before the home health agency can bill the government for any home health care services. The settlement resolves allegations ResCare Iowa billed the government for services between 2009 and 2014 without documenting the assessments by doctors.

Medicaid is jointly funded by the states and the federal government and the state of Iowa will receive $2.3 million of the settlement amount.