Chemed Hospice Units Want Medicare Scam Suit Nixed

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT) -- One of the largest hospice chains in the country asked a federal judge to toss consolidated litigation accusing it of scamming Medicare by submitting hospice claims for patients who were not terminally ill, saying those decisions were “inherently subjective.”

Cincinnati-based Chemed Corp. and 18 of its Vitas Healthcare Corp. subsidiaries told the Missouri federal court to dismiss the U.S. government's suit claiming the company ignored patients' medical needs by providing unnecessary hospice services typically reserved for those terminally ill or requiring short-term continuous care. Chemed argued...
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