PALM BEACH GARDENS (CBSMiami/AP) — One of the nation’s largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care is accused of scamming federal Medicare and Medicaid programs out of $20 million.
Three former managers of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed the suit last week. It alleges the company paid employees and patients kickbacks for patient referrals in 12 states.
Employees were paid $100 bonuses for referring patients with positive test results to its clinics and pharmacies. The lawsuit alleges kickbacks started in 2010 at the company’s California headquarters and spread to programs in Georgia, Louisiana and Florida.
It alleges referrals were key to the company’s business model and touted at its 2013 leadership summit.
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