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Feds Sue Hospice for Medicare Fraud

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Orlando Sentinel
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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

 

The federal government is suing Hospice of the Comforter on accusations that it billed Medicare for services for patients who were not terminally ill, the Orlando Sentinel report.

The suit alleges that employees were encouraged to admit patients who didn’t  meet the guidelines for hospice coverage, according to the Sentinel.

The facility is currently operated by a company owned by the Florida Hospital chain.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, a former Florida Hospital employee was sentenced to prison time for stealing the information of thousands of patients to sell to an injury hotline, the Sentinel reports.

Lottie Watts covers health and health policy for Health News Florida, now a part of WUSF Public Media. She also produces Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show.