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Arizona hospice settles allegations of Medicare fraud

Federal authorities say an Arizona hospice has agreed to pay $3.7 million to resolve civil allegations that the company submitted false claims to Medicare.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona announced the settlement Thursday.

Federal prosecutors say Hospice Family Care and its co-owners submitted payment claims to Medicare for patients who were either completely or partially hospice ineligible or were provided a higher level of hospice care than was necessary or allowable.

They say the two co-owners agreed to be excluded from Medicare, Medicaid and all other federal health care programs for seven years effective immediately.

A call to the Mesa headquarters of Hospice Family Care for comment wasn’t immediately returned.

The hospice was founded in 1992 and serves patients in Mesa, Gilbert, Peoria, Prescott, Tucson and Casa Grande.

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