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 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
York Law Firm is comprised of Sacramento based lawyers that handle elder abuse and wrongful death cases. If you believe your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or believe your family has a wrongful death claim, please call our office so that we can investigate your case at 916-643-2200 or contact us online. We are dedicated to representing families whose elders and dependent adults who have been injured, neglected or abused.