HHS Ignored Katrina Aftermath In Hospice Payment Row: Suit

Law360, Washington (August 20, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana hospice group on Friday challenged in federal court U.S. regulators’ order that it return more than $700,000 to Medicare for providing too much inpatient care in 2005 and 2006, saying the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina made it impossible to follow regulations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services determined that Canon Healthcare Hospice LLC violated the agency's so-called 80-20 rule, which requires hospice providers limit inpatient treatment days to less than 20 percent of their...
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