Two doctors and a home health care company in Florida are at the center of a complaint filed in 2012. The complaint asserts the doctor's wives were paid a salary linked to the Medicare referrals the doctors provided the company. On Feb. 23, it was announced that a monetary settlement was reached in the case against the two doctors and their spouses.
The situation dates back to 2012 when the health care company's director filed a complaint saying that the company paid seven doctors in the area and their wives for referrals. The director alleged that he reviewed the company's payroll records and found the salaries correlated with the Medicare referrals their husbands made to the company. According to the complaint, the funds were an illegal kickback and were part of a fraudulent scheme to acquire patients and revenue.