But whistleblowers in several cases have alleged that hospices took in patients who lived for years without the regular medical care they otherwise would have received.
In 2015, a Georgia hospice, Guardian Hospice, agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it falsely billed taxpayers for patients who were not terminally ill.
In the most recent case, two Atlanta employees at Compassionate Care, Cathy Morris and Josie King, filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta under the False Claims Act.
The law allows whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the federal government and receive a portion of any court awards or settlements.
The federal attorney general’s office said the case was investigated by the FBI with help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General and the Georgia Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud unit.
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