St. Joseph Hospice Entities, which consists of 13 hospice facilities in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Alabama, and Patrick T. Mitchell, its majority owner and manager, agreed to pay $5,867,518 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims for delivery of continuous home care hospice services to patients who were not entitled to receive them. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by 3 former employees of the company under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. They will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $1 million. DOJ
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