Physical Therapy Cos. Can't Duck FCA Kickback Suit

Law360, New York (August 30, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT) -- A Missouri federal judge on Friday rejected competing motions for summary judgment in a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit accusing physical therapy providers of exchanging kickbacks for Medicare referrals, concluding that while the federal government’s case is “thin,” a jury might find sufficient evidence of wrongdoing.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig left intact an FCA suit accusing RehabCare Group Inc. of giving Rehab Systems of Missouri LLC a lump sum of $600,000 for handing off responsibility for a Medicare contract. The suit,...
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