February 7, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced a settlement with a St. Louis Medicaid home health provider for fraudulently billing Medicaid for services it did not provide.
Koster said Infiniti Home Care, Inc., bills Medicaid for providing home care for the elderly and disabled. The settlement resolves allegations that from February 2009 through February 2012 Infiniti billed Medicaid for services it did not provide. During one extended period, it billed Medicaid for services even though no personal care attendant appeared at the client’s home at all.
“Home-bound Medicaid clients rely on home health care businesses to provide essential assistance, and companies like Infiniti Home Care are expected to supervise their employees and ensure Medicaid services are delivered. In this case, the company failed to carry out its duties,” Koster said. “I am committed to holding companies responsible for doing what Medicaid pays them to do – making sure that services are properly provided and that Medicaid clients receive the assistance they deserve.”
The settlement requires Infiniti Home Care, Inc., to pay to the MO HealthNet Fraud Reimbursement Fund a total amount of $174,504, including $23,001 as restitution, and the remainder for damages, penalties and the costs of the investigation.
Koster encourages citizens to report suspected Medicaid provider fraud, or abuse or neglect of Medicaid clients, to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, e-mail the complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Website at http://ago.mo.gov/divisions/medicaid-fraud-control-unit-faqs.htm.