A Florida nursing home, Hebrew Homes Health Network, Inc., and its former president, William Zubkoff, were at the center of recent litigation for what is known as a "kickback" scheme. This occurs when a healthcare clinic offers physicians money under the table for referring clients to that particular facility. This home in Florida had been performing this scheme since 2006 by listing physicians as medical directors at the facility to justify the payments to them, but without the physicians actually performing any real services for the facility; other than referring Medicare clients to live there. The $17 million settlement is the largest to date under the U.S. False Claims Act involving a skilled nursing home.
U.S. v. Plaza Health Network, 1:12-cv-20951, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (Miami).