Hospice owner, manager charged with Medicare fraud

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A hospice in Chandler, its owner and the general manager have been charged in a 39-count federal indictment with defrauding Medicare.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats said Thursday that Prairie View Hospice, owner Paula Kluding and manager Patricia Carter are each charged with conspiracy, obstruction of a federal audit, and making false statements in health care matter.

Defense attorneys did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Coats says the hospice, through Kluding and Carter, concealed the true medical condition of patients in order to pass a Medicare audit and receive Medicare reimbursements for patient care.

Hospice care consists of health care, medication, medical equipment and other services to terminally ill patients.

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