Colo. receives $5.7 million in settlement

Colorado will receive $5.7 million as part of a $160 million multistate settlement with Maryland-based Maxim Healthcare Services, an in-home health care service provider.

Colorado is one of 41 states involved in the suit, which settles allegations that the company billed Medicaid for services it did not perform.

The state’s share of the money will be returned to the General Fund through the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing. Colorado will receive half the money at one time and the remaining half will be paid in quarterly increments during the next eight years.

The nationwide settlement resulted from a lawsuit bought by a whistleblower who complained of receiving statements of services rendered that were not performed. State and federal investigators confirmed the improper billing by sampling patients and discovering widespread discrepancies, according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.