Hospice Provider Good Shepherd Settles False Claim Suit with DOJ
Hospice Provider Good Shepherd Settles False Claim Suit with DOJ – Two former employees of Good Shepherd, Inc. (a hospice provider that bills Medicare) filed suit under the Qui Tam/Whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The U.S. Government alleged in the suit that Good Shepherd hospice provider knowingly submitted or caused the submission of false claims for hospice care for patients who were not terminally ill. The Government alleged that the hospice provider engaged in business practices that contributed to false claims being made, including pressuring staff to meet admissions and census targets, paying bonuses to staff and hiring Medical Directors based on their ability to refer patients to hospice who had ties with nursing homes.
This hospice provider agreed to pay $4 Million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims for hospice patients who were not terminally ill.
The lawsuit is captioned United States Ex. Rel. Cordingly & Jones v. Good Shepherd Hospice. For the link to the United States Department of Justice news release, click here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/united-states-settles-false-claims-act-suit-against-good-shepherd-hospice-inc-and-related
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