Posts Tagged ‘Hospice Fraud’

  • Hospice Fraud: The Staggering Figures

    From 2000 to 2011, Medicare has seen a 300% increase in hospice payments, a figure that has only grown since. The question remains – why is hospice so widely targeted when it comes to fraudulent schemes? Well, simply put, it seems an easy target. As evidenced by the amount of money Medicare shells out to […]

  • Pennsylvania Hospice Defrauds Medicare By Preying on Elderly Patients

    Six years after the initial complaint, a hospice provider was brought to justice after being found to have conspired to defraud Medicare of more than $9 million. In order to receive these fraudulent reimbursements, the hospice, Home Care Hospice, Inc. (HCH), accepted dozens of patients that did not qualify for Medicare benefits, falsifying documents as […]

  • Understanding Hospice Fraud and Why It Is So Detrimental to Late-Life Care

    In order to fully grasp the seriousness of Medicare fraud, primarily that pertaining to hospice care, it’s important to discuss the entire purpose for hospice: to provide end-of-life care for those deemed to be terminal. Once a patient is considered qualified for hospice, Medicare no longer provides curative medical care which would ordinarily treat or […]

  • It Only Takes One Bad Egg to Spoil the Whole Basket

    Hospice care was contrived out of the desire to create a model for end-of-life quality, and generally speaking, hospice facilities provide such care without issue. To do so, these facilities generally encompass a team-oriented approach, with focuses on pain management, emotional support, and spiritual devotion – all of which are expertly tailored to the needs […]

  • California Hospice Defrauds Medicare by Stretching Patient Life Expectancies

    When a program created to provide important end-of-life services is so often the victim of fraud, should we blame the broken system itself, or instead turn focus to those committing the fraudulent acts? It seems an easy question to answer, but describes the ongoing situation of hospice care – a system which regularly undergoes scrutiny […]

  • When Greed Goes Too Far: As Hospice Fraud Skyrockets, Death Toll Rises

    A large-scale fraud scheme uncovered earlier this year sheds light on just how vile healthcare administrators can be in their pursuit of financial gain. Novus and Optim Health Services, a hospice provider based in Texas, were found to have submitted over $60 million in false claims to both Medicare and Medicaid – a scheme that […]