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Former Arizona Hospice CEO Agrees to Voluntary Exclusion

On September 29, 2015, in connection with the resolution of False Claims Act liability, the former CEO of an Arizona hospice agreed to be excluded from participating in Federal health care programs for a period of five years under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7(b)(7). OIG's investigation revealed that during the tenure of the CEO, the hospice submitted false claims to Medicare for some patients who were provided a higher level of hospice care than was necessary or allowable under Medicare's hospice benefits and/or were completely partially ineligible for Medicare's hospice benefits because, during some or all of the period they received hospice, they did not have a medical prognosis of six months or less if their illnesses ran their normal course. Senior Counsel Gregory Wellins represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:September 29, 2015
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions