Hospice pays $500,000 after allegedly failing to recertify terminal illness

After it self-disclosed conduct, an Alabama-based hospice provider agreed to pay $500,000 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law, according to a release from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG).

OIG alleged that the hospice submitted claims to Medicare for hospice services that lacked recertifications of terminal illness, which are required by Medicare in order to bill for hospice services (Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Ch. 9 §20.1).

Read the OIG release.