December 15, 2000 National Healthcare Corporation
National Healthcare Corporation (NHC) has agreed to pay $27 Million Dollars to settle claims asserted in a qui tam action filed by Philip Charles Braeuning, a former nursing home administrator. NHC, headquartered in Murfreesboro Tennessee, owns, leases or provides services to 105 nursing homes nationwide. The allegations of the case were that NHC submitted falsely inflated reports to Medicare, which included reports that its faculty staff members spent more time caring for Medicare patients than they actually did, in order to collect additional money from the health care programs. The cost reports, which overstated the number of hours that the nursing staff spent taking care of Medicare patients were contradicted by the nursing staff’s time records.
As part of the settlement, Mr. Braeuning will receive over $5 Million Dollars for having filed the qui tam case.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 12/15/00