The United States Justice Department has filed a lawsuit under the False Claims Act against Chemed Corp and its hospice subsidiaries, including Vitas Hospice Services, the largest for-profit hospice chain in the country. The complaint alleges that Chemed Corp and its hospice subsidiaries submitted false claims to Medicare for unnecessary and never-provided crisis care services. Moreover, according to the Justice Department, the companies engaged in purposeful conduct aimed at increasing Medicare crisis care claims, regardless of their validity. As a result of the false claims, the Justice Department asserts that the Medicare program was bilked out of tens of millions of dollars.
The case is captioned United States v. Vitas Hospice Services LLC, et al. (W.D. Mo.) and the complaint is available on WestLaw (2013 WL 1846363). Read more here.