Corporate Compliance

Hospice organization settles healthcare fraud claims

Compliance Monitor, January 21, 2009

The Alabama-based hospice organization, SouthernCare Inc., agreed to pay $24.7 million to settle allegations the company submitted false claims to the government for treatment of patients who did not qualify for hospice care, according to a Department of Justice press release.
 
Two former SouthernCare employees, Tanya Rice and Nancy Romeo, blew the whistle on the company’s suspect procedures and will receive $4.9 million for their help.
 
SouthernCare, which operates approximately 99 locations in 15 states, also agreed to a corporate integrity agreement with the Office of Inspector General to address the allegations raised in the case.

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