Illinois Hospice Executive Charged with Federal Health Care Fraud for Allegedly Falsely Elevating Level of Patients' Care
CHICAGO-An owner of an Illinois hospice company was charged with federal health care fraud for allegedly engaging in an extensive scheme to obtain higher Medicare and Medicaid payments by fraudulently elevating the level of hospice care for patients, many of whom resided at nursing homes he also controlled across the state. In many instances, the level of hospice care allegedly exceeded what was medically necessary or actually provided, including for some patients who did not have terminal illnesses or who were enrolled far longer?sometimes for several years?than the required life expectancy of six months or less.
- Date:January 27, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
- Criminal and Civil Actions