Encompass Health Corp has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve the federal government’s False Claims Act allegations that some of its inpatient rehabilitation facilities provided inaccurate information to Medicare to earn higher reimbursement and admitted patients unnecessarily, the government announced recently.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Encompass, the country’s largest inpatient rehabilitation provider, allegedly provided the inaccurate information so that some of its facilities could maintain their status in order to earn its higher reimbursement rate. Medicare and Medicaid use patients’ diagnoses to determine whether a facility should be classified as an inpatient rehabilitation facility and to determine the proper reimbursement level.

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