United States ex rel. Beaujon v. Hebrew Homes Health Network, Inc.
Practice Area: Healthcare
Result: Settled in 2015 for $17,000,000
Relator Stephen Beaujon was the Chief Financial Officer for one of Florida’s largest nursing home networks, Hebrew Homes, when he discovered that his company was offering physicians illegal kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals – a scheme that Mr. Beaujon alleged in his lawsuit was largely orchestrated by the company’s president, William Zubkoff. The United States did not intervene in the case, which ultimately settled for $17 million, which the Justice Department held out as the largest settlement paid by a nursing home for violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute. Hebrew Homes also agreed to enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement, which required the company to change its policies and allows the Government to more closely monitor the company’s actions. Access the Department of Justice’s press release here to learn more; for the Corporate Integrity Agreement, click here.