Minnesota-based provider of hospice care Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care agreed to pay $18 million to resolve charges it violated the False Claims Act by claiming Medicare reimbursement for hospice care for patients not eligible for such care because they were not terminally ill. Specifically, the government alleged that Evercare’s business practices were designed to maximize the number of patients for whom it could bill Medicare without regard to whether the patients were eligible for and needed hospice. The allegations originated in whistleblower lawsuits filed by former employees of Evercare under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. They will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. Whistleblower Insider
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