Horizons Hospice LLC, now Hospice 365, reportedly reached a $1.2 million settlement with the federal government to settle two whistleblower lawsuits, brought by employees, alleging Horizons knowingly admitted and kept patients who did not qualify for hospice care so they could bill Medicare and Medicaid for treatment. An attorney for some of the employees had estimated the total fraud amounted to around $10 million. The government intervened in the suits. The cases were in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Medical Director Oliver Herndon pled guilty to inappropriate prescribing at another facility. Mary Stewart, Horizon’s Chief Operations Officer previously pled guilty to fraud for admitting patients who were not terminally ill.