AdaptHealth is a supplier of home medical equipment for chronic health conditions including diabetes, sleep apnea, and wound care. AdaptHealth sells medical devices directly to patients, and then bills patients’ insurance providers, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”).
The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, AdaptHealth and certain of its senior executives orchestrated a scheme to overcharge CMS and other insurance providers by submitting improper billing codes for diabetes equipment. To facilitate this scheme, AdaptHealth and certain of its senior executives made numerous false and misleading statements to investors during the Class Period. As a result of these misrepresentations, AdaptHealth common stock traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period.
The truth about AdaptHealth’s misconduct was revealed on February 27, 2023, when the Company announced a surprise loss of $0.02 per share for the fourth quarter of 2022, which was significantly lower than the gain of $0.27 per share that analysts and investors were led to expect. The Company also reduced its guidance for 2023, lowering revenue expectations it had provided just seven weeks earlier by over 1.5%. AdaptHealth attributed the miss and lowered guidance to “tempered expectations on diabetes.” As a result of these disclosures, the price of AdaptHealth common stock declined precipitously.