Hospice Company Investigated For Fraudulent Medicare Practices

A nation-wide hospice company is being investigated for fraud for allegedly cycling patients through nursing homes and hospice with a goal of making as much profit as possible from Medicare. Federal authorities have sued the hospice company, AseraCare, alleging it pressured its employees to enroll people into hospice who were not dying and resisted discharging them despite evidence they had more than six months left to live. All of which was done in order to maximize profits from Medicare.

Former employees, who allege they were fired for reporting fraud, contend that AseraCare referred and re-referred patients into their care facilities until that patient had received—and Medicare had been billed for—the maximum number of days of skilled nursing care, including rehabilitative therapy, home health care, and hospice care. The Critics of the Medicare hospice system have often said that the system offers incentives for fraudulent practices. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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