Hospice of the Comforter Inc. Charged With Medicare Fraud

 

In an article posted on The Employment Law Group Blog entitle:  Justice Department Joins False Claims Act Medicare Fraud Lawsuit, it was reported that the Justice Department will join the False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit filed against Hospice of the Comforter Inc. (HOTCI) by Douglas Stone, HOTCI’s former vice-president of finance. Stone’s suit alleges that HOTCI engaged in fraudulent Medicare billing.

Allegedly the Company’s CEO had verbally directed employees to admit for hospice care patients with Medicare coverage without first fully qualifying whether in fact those patients were eligible for hospice benefits.  After performing an audit, the Company had to discharge at least 150 patients after determining that they were not eligible for Medicare hospice benefits.