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OIG Cracks Down on Hospice Provider Fraud Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Monday, 17 July 2017 00:00

Last year, the HHS Office of the Inspector General stated the hospice fraud was rampant and that it would be an enforcement priority for the agency. The OIG found that some hospice operators, doctors and staff were recruiting patients to maximize profits, even when in some cases the patients didn't need hospice care. Their illegal activities amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars.

This month, we are seeing the results of OIG's crackdown. On July 6 alone, the U.S. Department of Justice announced three cases involving hospices and healthcare fraud totaling approximately $15 million.

One case involved the defunct Home Care Hospice, Inc. (HCH), a Philadelphia-based company that the feds said falsely claimed and received taxpayer dollars for hospice services that either were unnecessary or never provided. The case grew out of a whistleblower suit filed against the owners and operators of Home Care Hospice.

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