Articles Posted in Hospice

Two cases brought against an Alabama-based hospice company will result in an almost $6 million settlement payment. In two whistleblower complaints filed in 2013 by two former employees, one of which who worked as a clinical director in a Pennsylvania branch, SouthernCare Inc. is accused of wrongly billing Medicare for unnecessary hospice care. When the […]

After a ten week trial, a federal court in Alabama has granted a hospice care provider, Aseracare Inc.’s motion for a new trial in a False Claims Act (FCA) case. The Government alleged that this hospice care provider knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare for patients who were not terminally ill and thus did not […]

On October 3, 2012, the OIG released its Work Plan for the FY of 2013. Throughout the week, we will be posting on various aspects of the Work Plan pertinent to our clients and our readers in the following areas: • Hospitals • Home Health Agencies • Hospices • Evaluation and Management Services • Imaging […]

Recently, CMS released a related change request (CR) 7838, which informs Medicare contractors about a new addition to the “Medicare Benefit Policy Manual,” Chapter 9, Section 90, which is titled, “Caps and Limitations on Hospice Payment.” A summary of the key provisions of the new Chapter 9, Section 90 of the “Medicare Benefit Policy Manual,” […]

Hospice provider AseraCare is accused of submitting “false and fraudulent” Medicare claims for payment to the U.S. It has been alleged that the hospice has been claiming charges to the Federal Government for those patients who were not admitted to hospice. Hospice care is provided to Medicare recipients who have a prognosis of six months […]

In an indictment unsealed on October 12, Matthew Kolodesh (a/k/a “Matvei Kolodech”) was charged with a laundry list of crimes, including 1 count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, 21 counts of healthcare fraud, 2 counts of mail fraud and 11 counts of money laundering of monetary instruments over $10,000. Kolodesh set up, controlled and […]

By way of Transmittal No. 2316 issued on October 7, 2011, CMS clarified the claims processing procedures for hospice services when a required face-to-face encounter does not timely occur. This clarification creates additional administrative burdens to hospice providers when the required face-to-face encounter does not timely occur. Note that the implementation date of the clarified […]

Medicare beneficiaries with a terminal illness may choose to receive palliative care instead of curative treatment under the Medicare hospice benefit. In recent years, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has raised some concerns about the Medicare hospice care received by nursing facility residents. As a result, a number of OIG reports are anticipated to […]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released the final regulation regarding the hospice wage index for the fiscal year (“FY”) 2012 (“Final Rule”). As a result of the Final Rule, a 2.5 percent increase in Medicare payments to hospices serving Medicare patients will be implemented for FY 2012. In addition, the Final […]

In Zia Hospice v. Sebelius, CV 09-0055 CG/LFG and CV 09-1108 CG/ACT, the New Mexico District Court followed the trend set by numerous other courts, including the 5th and 9th Circuit Courts, in relation to the hospice cap regulation, 42 C.F.R. §418.309(b)(1). The Court held 42 C.F.R. §418.309(b)(1) invalid because the regulation does not comply […]

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