HHS Audit Reveals Issues With Hospice Inpatient Stays

Law360, New York (May 6, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT) -- An inspector general report released Monday found inconsistencies in Medicare billing for hospice inpatient stays — on which the agency spent $1.1 billion in 2011 — which it said raises questions about whether the stays were being billed appropriately and whether patients were receiving the right level of care.

The care, known as hospice general inpatient care, is the second most expensive level of hospice care covered by Medicare and is intended for short stays, to treat pain and other symptoms that cannot be treated in...
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