Judge Throws Out Biggest-Ever Hospice False Claims Case

A lawsuit that could have resulted in a $200 million False Claims Act (FCA) penalty against a Texas-based hospice provider has been thrown out. Disagreements among doctors over whether patients should be eligible for hospice care do not alone prove fraud, according to the Alabama judge who dismissed the FCA lawsuit against AseraCare Inc. on Thursday. The penalty would have […]

Biggest-Ever Hospice False Claims Case Gets New Trial

U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre ordered a new trial Monday in a False Claims Act case asserting that a hospice provider fraudulently billed Medicare for patients—and the fault for the new trial is her own, the judge stated. The case is seeking to determine whether AseraCare, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Golden Living, admitted Medicare beneficiaries […]

Feds Gain Advantage in Biggest-Ever Hospice False Claims Case

The U.S. government has scored a win in a case that may result in the biggest False Claims Act penalty ever involving a hospice provider. In the first phase of the trial — which was divided into two phases — the jury examined whether individual medical records supported 121 hospice claims and found that 104 […]