Hospice firm settles Medicare fraud allegations with US for $25 million.
The AP (3/2) reports from Milwaukee, WI, “Federal attorneys say Odyssey HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest providers of hospice care, has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a Medicare fraud case.” The AP continues, “Odyssey, which operates in about 27 states, was purchased by Atlanta-based Gentiva Health Services in 2010. Thursday’s settlement resolves allegations that Odyssey submitted false claims to the Medicare program.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/2, Vielmetti) reports, “It was the second such settlement in six years for Odyssey Healthcare, Inc., which paid the federal government $12.5 million in 2006, after another Wisconsin-based employee sued. Jane Tuchalski, a registered nurse, was fired by Odyssey after raising concerns about company operations, and she filed the federal suit in 2008. Other Odyssey employees, from Virginia and Texas, later filed their own False Claims Act suits. One was folded into the Milwaukee case and was dismissed.” The Wall Street Journal (3/2, Subscription Publication) also reports on the settlement.