Cincinnati-based Omnicare Inc. will pay $124 million in fines to settle allegations the nursing home pharmacy giant made false billings to federal health programs and offered improper discounts to skilled-nursing facilities.
Omnicare allegedly offered contracts to supply prescription medication and other pharmaceuticals to Medicare and Medicaid aligned skilled-nursing facilities well below cost. This would in turn induce the nursing homes to select Omnicare as their pharmacy provider.
An Omnicare spokesman suggested that they agreed to settle the matter rather than endure continued litigation. The company insists the settlement is not an admission of liability and of course, continues to deny that it did anything illegal.
About eight million dollars’ worth of the settlement is earmarked for states that were directly affected by the tainted programs.
The settlement also resolves a serious allegation made by a whistleblower ahead of the government’s case. The whistleblower, an Ohio pharmacist and former Omnicare employee from 1993 until 2010,will receive the largest portion of the overall settlement: $17.24 million.
Bribery Involving Nursing Homes Is Legally Intolerable and Ethically Reprehensible
Our elderly family members deserve the highest level of care and respect from their nursing facilities. Seniors should never be treated as second-class citizens or mere numbers in a ledger; Omnicare’s alleged actions are appalling.
If you suspect a loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact a Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia injury attorney today at (202) 659-5500, so we can assist you in pursuing your claim. We understand what you are going through and want to hear your story. Feel free to comment below or you can visit our Facebook page to tell us more.
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