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Arizona-based hospice settles false Medicare claims

PHOENIX — Federal authorities say a Phoenix-based hospice has agreed to
pay $12 million to resolve allegations of submitting false claims to Medicare.

The Justice Department announced the settlement Wednesday involving Hospice of
Arizona L.C. along with a related entity, American Hospice Management LLC, and
parent corporation American Hospice Management Holdings LLC.

The Medicare hospice benefit is available for patients who have a life
expectancy of six months or less if their disease runs its normal course.

Hospice of Arizona and its related entities were accused of submitting false
Medicare claims between September 2002 and December 2010 for patients who didn’t
need end of life care or for whom the hospice billed at a higher reimbursement
rate than entitled.

Hospice of Arizona officials say the settlement doesn’t include any admission
of wrongdoing.


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