SC hospice co. pays for filing false Medicare claims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina hospice company will pay the federal government nearly $1.3 million for filing false claims to Medicare.

The Justice Department says the agreement Tuesday settles a lawsuit that accuses Harmony Hospice Care of filing claims for hospice care under Medicare for patients who did not qualify.

Owner Daniel J. Burton must pay $200,000 of the settlement himself.

Two employees, Mona Singletary and Lynda Fulton, sued the company and Burton under a whistleblower provision of federal law. That law allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the federal government and receive part of any penalties defendants must pay. Singletary and Fulton will split about $245,000.

Harmony Hospice Care has locations in Columbia, Greenville, Hartsville and Union.

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