Arizona Hospice Company To Pay $3.7 Million For Fraudulently Billing Medicare
Hospice Family Care Inc., a hospice company based out of Mesa, Arizona, has agreed to pay $3.7 million to the federal government to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare. The company and its former owners, Nancy Smith and Nancy Turner, agreed to settle allegations that it sought payments from Medicare for patients who were ineligible or partially ineligible for hospice care and for billing Medicare for a higher level of care than what was medically necessary for certain patients.
As part of the settlement, both Smith and Turner agreed to be excluded from Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health programs for seven years.
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