(PRWEB) April 28, 2014
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "We think there is nothing lower than a company overbilling Medicare for hospice services that are inflated because hospice is designed to be a end of life healthcare, not a get-rich-quick scheme. Based on what we know, hospice care is very difficult to monitor, and it can be easy for a hospice company to overbill Medicare. If you work for a hospice company that is overbilling Medicare out of hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars, and you possess well documented proof, please call us immediately at 866-614-6466. There can be a significant reward for this type of information." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
In one recent instance, Comforter Inc. (HOTCI) has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the Medicare program for hospice services provided to patients who allegedly were not eligible for the Medicare hospice benefit.
Specifically, HOTCI allegedly directed its staff to admit all referred patients without regard to whether they were eligible for the Medicare hospice benefit. They also allegedly falsified medical records to make it appear that certain patients were eligible for the benefit when they were not, allegedly employed field nurses without proper hospice training, allegedlyestablished procedures to limit physicians’ roles in assessing patients’ terminal status, and allegedly delayed discharging patients when they became ineligible for the benefit. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center:
Any type of insider or employee who possesses significant proof of their employer or a government contractor defrauding the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466 or via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com
For attribution purposes please refer to the November 2013 United States Department of Justice press release on this matter: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/November/13-civ-1179.html
Case number: United States ex rel. Stone v. Hospice of the Comforter Inc ., No. 6:11-cv-1498-ORL-22-DAB (M.D. Fla.