I do not have details of the exact nature of
the fraud allegations against Mariner. The extracts indicate that the
government is looking for US $150 million. I have been informed that
there is at least one Qui Tam action against Mariner but have been
unable to confirm this.
THE SHAME OF OUR NURSING HOMES; nursing
homes allegedly treat patients poorly
The Nation March 29, 1999
Mariner Post-Acute Network (Atlanta, Georgia). Another member of the billion- dollar club, formed by the merger of Mariner Health Group and Paragon Health Network. Dogged by allegations of racketeering at a former nursing home in Tampa, the chain controls 48,100 beds and $ 2.7 billion in revenues.
Mariner Post-Acute Downgraded by S&P;
Still on Watch
Business Wire June 11, 1999
Key issues include:
-- Potential adjustments to prior year cost reports for Mariner Health under the Medicare program that may require the company to repay significant amounts of cash to the Medicare program.
Vencor walloped for $1.3 billion;
Government enters fraud and overpayment claims in bankruptcy case;
more cases to come
Modern Healthcare March 20, 2000, Monday
Government claims of fraud and overpayment are likely to surface in at least three other nursing home bankruptcy cases.
Sun Healthcare Group, Mariner Post-Acute Network and Integrated Health Services have all said they are subjects of active government investigations.
Separately, Mariner has reported that its fiscal intermediary is re-examining cost reports for 1997 to 1999 after finding the government had overpaid the company by a total of $16.9 million in 1995 and 1996.
BANKRUPTCY HITS NURSING HOMES :: STATE'S
FRAILEST CITIZENS PUT TRUST IN 58 FACILITIES RUN BY AILING
DENVER ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS October 22, 2000
Three companies, which run 49 of Colorado's 58 bankrupt homes, are being investigated for defrauding Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars. They are Vencor, Sun Healthcare, Mariner Post -Acute Network and Integrated Health Services (IHS).
Another of the bankrupt chains, Mariner Post -Acute Network, is facing federal demands for $159 million to cover overpayments, fraud and penalties, the Justice Department said. Negotiations on a settlement are under way. Mariner has 31 nursing homes in Colorado.
COLORADO: BANKRUPT NURSING HOMES HOUSE
American Health Line October 30, 2000
The Justice Department is now investigating four companies that run 49 of Colorado's 58 bankrupt facilities -- Vencor, Sun Healthcare, Mariner Post -Acute Network and Integrated Health Services -- for "defrauding Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars" (Imse, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 10/22).