Ariz. Hospice Blasts DOJ After $3.7M Medicare Fraud Deal

Law360, New York (June 1, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors Thursday announced a $3.7 million deal to resolve False Claim Act allegations of Medicare fraud against an Arizona hospice center, drawing a swift counterpunch from the company’s owner, who reportedly accused government officials of seriously mischaracterizing the settlement.

Hospice Family Care, a nonprofit that operates in six cities, is accused of billing Medicare for patients who were either ineligible for hospice care or who were provided higher levels of care than needed.

Under the settlement, owners Nancy Smith and Nancy Turner will be excluded...
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