Arizona hospice settles allegations of Medicare fraud
Published: May 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm
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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