Kindred Must Face False Forms Claims In Trimmed FCA Suit

By Melissa Angell (February 5, 2021, 11:18 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday trimmed some claims from a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit alleging Kindred Healthcare improperly understaffed its nursing homes, but kept intact accusations that the health care services company falsified certifications on tens of thousands of claim forms submitted to Medicare and Medicaid.

In a 34-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois preserved allegations that Kindred made or used false certifications involving billing and care assessment documents called Minimum Data Set assessments, as well as its Form 1500s, a standard claim form used to bill insurance carriers.

MDS forms are considered both billing documents and...

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