The trial of a whistleblower lawsuit against AseraCare, one of the largest for-profit hospice providers in the U.S., started in Birmingham, Ala. Monday, with plaintiffs’ lawyers expected to give opening arguments in the case that accuses the company of fraudulently billing U.S. taxpayers nearly $70 million for the care of patients who weren’t really dying. As egregious as those allegations sound, federal prosecutors say the larger issue is that AseraCare “caused hundreds of non-terminally ill patients to prematurely give up seeking a cure so it could bill Medicare for hospice,” AL.com reported. AseraCare operates about 60 hospice facilities in Alabama ... Read More
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