Vitas Healthcare, based in Miami, is denying that it paid kickbacks to Dr. Farid Fata, who is serving a 45-year prison sentence for putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments.
A company that provides hospice care has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle allegations that it contributed to a cancer doctor's foundation in exchange for patient referrals, the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday.
Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, which owns 20 home health and 10 hospice locations, has entered into a joint venture with LHC Group to manage the facilities.
Hospitals from Florida to the Carolinas are taking cover and preparing for the aftermath of the deadly storm.
The new data will allow for more precise breakdowns of CMS' spending on hospice beneficiaries by provider, patient demographics and other characteristics. It is being released at a time when the accessibility and reliability of other spending data from the agency are being questioned.
For most hospital administrators, the idea of allowing filmmakers to roam the halls of the ICU is probably no more appealing than getting into the nitty-gritty of their compensation. But uncomfortable situations can yield powerful results.
The CMS is moving forward with a payment increase to skilled-nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and hospice care that also sets new quality measures.
The Senate Special Committee of Aging heard from best-selling author and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande on Thursday, who said the system of care for people with serious, life-limiting illnesses is "often inadequate and inhumane."
Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, Ky., and Palomar Health will jointly own the 52-bed rehabilitation hospital in San Diego.
The former head of a Pittsburgh-area hospice who allegedly used patients that weren't terminally ill to collect millions of dollars in false Medicare and Medicaid billings is scheduled to plead guilty.
The federal government has decided to appeal a ruling in an unusual fraud case involving hospice care provider AseraCare, in which a judge ruled that disagreements between doctors over patients' eligibility for hospice care do not prove fraud.
A report issued by the Dartmouth Atlas Project this year found that as people age, many continue to receive care that does not align with their own preferences. This is especially true at the end stages of serious illnesses.