Five nurses accused in hospice fraud scheme
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.