(WICHITA, Kan.) — Hospice Care of Kansas and its parent company Voyager HospiceCare Inc., have agreed to pay a $6.1 million settlement.
The agreement resolves allegations the companies violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to the Medicare program for ineligible hospice services.
The deal resultED from a whistleblower lawsuit first filed more than six years ago by Beverly Landis, a Hospice Care of Kansas nurse. Landis will receive $1.34 million.
The government alleged the companies submitted false Medicare claims between 2004 and 2008 for patients who did not have prognoses of six months or less to live - a requirement for the benefits.
An attorney for Landis, David White, says his client feels vindicated by the settlement.
Hospice Care of Kansas currently provides hospice services throughout the state. Hospice Care was purchased by Voyager in 2004.