Five nurses ac­cused in hospice fraud scheme

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Five nurses em­ployed by a Philadel­phia hospice com­pany are ac­cused of tak­ing part in a mul­ti­year fraud scheme, the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment an­nounced. Au­thor­i­ties say nurses with Home Care Hospice par­tic­i­pated in the al­leged fraud from Jan­uary 2005 through De­cem­ber 2008, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment. The for-profit com­pany’s di­rec­tor of pro­fes­sional ser­vices au­tho­rized “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” pa­tients for hospice and bills for med­i­cal care that was not pro­vided, the in­dict­ment al­leges. Nurs­ing notes were al­tered to make it ap­pear that pa­tients were sicker than they were, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment. Dur­ing that pe­riod, the com­pany sub­mit­ted $9.3 mil­lion in fraud­u­lent hospice claims for in­ap­pro­pri­ate hospice pa­tients, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said.

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