Tennessee Health Management nursing company has agreed to pay $9.8 million to settle allegations that it forged physician’s signatures to certify patients’ entry into its facilities. For violating the False Claims Act, THM has agreed to pay almost $5.5 million to the U.S. government and $4.3 million to the state of Tennessee, the Department of Justice reported. Instead of prohibiting them from receiving any more tax payer money, CMS is allowing the company to enter a federal corporate integrity agreement to improve practices and avoid further such conduct. That is ridiculous considering how long THM participated in this illegal conduct.
For at least an eight-year period, Tennessee Health Management submitted pre-admission evaluations to both the state and federal authorities, with photocopied or pre-written signatures from physicians. Doctors must conduct a patient-placement evaluation prior to an individual entering a nursing home.