Nursing-home firm to pay $48 million to settle Medicare fraud case


A Mission Viejo-based nursing-home operator, Ensign Group Inc., has agreed to pay $48 million to settle allegations regarding inflated bills to Medicare for therapy sessions that were either unnecessary or never took place. Ensign incentivized therapists to increase the amount of therapy provided to their patients in an effort to meet planned targets for Medicare revenue,regardless of whether the patients needed the treatment. The federal settlement agreement was unsealed late Monday by a federal judge in Los Angeles.

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Operation Helping Hands

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, VLG once again teamed up with Operation Helping Hands to assemble approximately 600 backpacks filled with t-shirts, socks, water and personal hygiene items. On Sunday, June 23, 2013, the backpacks were distributed primarily by teenage volunteers to homeless individuals in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Fullerton, Long Beach, Wilmington, San Pedro, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Operation Helping Hands is a non-profit organization founded by Kim Valentine of Valentine Law Group. The organization is dedicated to empowering youth to give back by providing hygiene items and basic necessities to the homeless. The next make a bag event will be held during the holiday season. For more information contact Kim Valentine at [email protected]

Special thanks to Aitken Aitken & Cohn for the contributions and volunteers who helped.