A fed­eral judge in Florida put on hold an or­der re­quir­ing 53 skilled-nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties to re­turn more than $347 mil­lion in false claims to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment be­cause it could force a to­tal of 183 fa­cil­i­ties to “col­lapse.”

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Last month, a fed­eral jury found that four Florida-based fa­cil­ity op­er­a­tors fraud­u­lently billed Medi­care and Med­i­caid by fal­si­fy­ing records on the care pa­tients re­ceived. All four op­er­a­tors in the suit and more than 100 other com­pa­nies have a joint loan of $168 mil­lion with Mid Cap Fi­nan­cial. The judge said the fa­cil­i­ties don’t have the funds to make the pay­ments and do­ing so would force them to de­fault on loans, trig­ger­ing “the col­lapse of scores of skilled­nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties in 17 states.”

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