Federal False Claims Act Litigation Against VITAS

The United States has filed suit against Chemed Corporation and various wholly owned hospice subsidiaries, including Vitas Hospice Services LLC and Vitas Healthcare Corporation, alleging false Medicare billings for hospice services, the Justice Department announced today. Vitas is the largest for-profit hospice chain in the United States and provides hospice services to patients in 18 states (Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia. Chemed, which is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and also owns Roto-Rooter Group Inc., a national drain cleaning and plumbing service company, acquired Vitas in 2004.   United States Files False Claims Act Lawsuit Against the Largest For-Profit Hospice Chain in the United States

Huge Fraud Lawsuit Against VITAS Healthcare

A May 2 (2013) lawsuit accused Vitas, the nation’s largest hospice, of collecting “tens of millions of taxpayer dollars” through unjustified and inflated bills. Health care attorneys estimate the over-billings could reach hundreds of millions.  Hospices Under Feds’ Microscope

An In-Depth Look At The Fraud Charges Against Vitas

Based on all of its allegations, the DOJ charges Vitas with knowingly presenting or causing to be presented false or fraudulent claims to Medicare in violation of the False Claims Act and seeks unspecified damages, which would be trebled as required by law. Finally, the DOJ also includes as causes of action payment by mistake and unjust enrichment.  An In-Depth Look At The Fraud Charges Against Vitas Hospice Services