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Hospice Owners Settle False and Fraudulent Medicare Claims Case

The current and former owners of Premier Hospice and Palliative Care, LLC and Premier Hospice & Palliative Care - Indiana, LLC jointly entered into a $2,674,895.79 settlement agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, effective December 18, 2014. The settlement resolves allegations that from October 1, 2009 to April 30, 2013, Premier submitted hospice claims to Medicare for patients whose health records indicated they were ineligible for such services. SP Management, Inc. and Jeff L. Smith owned the hospices when the alleged conduct began. They sold the hospices to Abode Healthcare, Inc. on December 31, 2012, and shortly after, Abode self-disclosed potential violations of the Civil Monetary Penalties Law to OIG. This settlement resolves allegations for all parties: SP Management, Jeff L. Smith, and Abode. Senior Counsel Tamara Forys represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:December 18, 2014
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions