August 17, 2020

Hospice Providers Remain Squarely in Government’s Enforcement Crosshairs

By Scott R. Grubman, Esq., Chilivis Grubman Dalbey & Warner, Atlanta, GA

On July 8, 2020, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that Hope Hospice agreed to pay $3.2 million to resolve a qui tam whistleblower action under the federal False Claims Act (FCA).1 The settlement resolved allegations that Hope Hospice knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare for hospice services for patients who were not terminally ill. In addition to agreeing to pay $3.2 million, Hope Hospice agreed to enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement, wherein Hope Hospice agreed to implement certain compliance-related and reporting measures.  

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