The hospice fraud allegations were generally that Faith Hospice billed Medicare for providing hospice care to patients more than half of whom were not terminally ill.
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In October 2019, the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Policy, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and the Economist Intelligence Unit published, with significant publicity, the first World Health Preparedness Report and Global Health Security Index. Live discharges are not uncommon — sometimes patients get healthier — but they are also seen as evidence of hospices trying to game the system. Federal rules require that the average patient stay at any given hospice not exceed six months, so some institutions seek to manipulate stay lengths in order to get as close to that number as possible without going over, hospice experts say. Providers excluded for fraud had the largest percentage of non-white and Medicaid dual-eligible patients, at 29.5 percent and 44.1 … Read the rest