The Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers Inc, Victoria, Tex, nursing home chain is due to pay the United States $4 million to settle allegations that Regency submitted false claims to Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program, the Justice Department and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas report on the Justice Department Web site. The company owns and operates 24 nursing home facilities located through the state, according to the government.

The False Claims Act settlement resolves allegations that Regency submitted claims for reimbursement to Medicare and Medicaid for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services that were not reimbursable because the nursing home residents were not qualified for the services, the services were not medically necessary, or they were not supported by adequate documentation, according to the government.

The case was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of Inspector General; and was handled by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, says the government.

[Source: Department of Justice Web site]