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A Brazen Con Artist: The $20 Million Hospice Fraud Featured on CNBC’s ‘American Greed’

Reporting on a Historic Hospice Scandal

11-13: Illinois Hospice Unveils Collaborative Care Initiatives

  • In an effort to help teach medical professionals how collaborative and coordinated care for the terminally ill results in improved patient outcomes and decreased hospital spending, Illinois-based Passages Hospice unveiled two new programs this week in celebration of National Palliative Care Month.

1-14: Passages Hospice Founder Faces Health Fraud Charges

  • Seth Gillman, founder and partial owner of Passages Hospice LLC, has been charged with health care fraud. According to prosecutors, Gillman knowingly over-billed the government for hospice care for Illinois seniors.

2-14: Passages Hospice Responds To Health Fraud Charges Against Founder

  • Seth Gillman. Credit: YouTube.

    As Passages Hospice founder and owner Seth Gillman faces federal fraud charges, employees of the for-profit Illinois health care company are vowing to continue providing care to their terminally ill patients.

5-14: More Charged In Passages Hospice Fraud Scandal

  • More high-level employees of shuttered Passages Hospice LLC have been charged with health care fraud, according to an indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

6-14: Passages Hospice Founder Pleads Not Guilty

  • Four former high-level employees of shuttered Passages Hospice LLC entered a plea of not guilty to health fraud during an arraignment Monday in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District.

8-14: Hospice Patients More Likely To Be Discharged From For-Profit Programs

  • Nearly 20 percent of U.S. hospice patients are discharged before death, according to new findings published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Not-for-profit and government-owned hospices had lower rates of live discharge than newer for-profit programs.

10-14: Passages Hospice Fraud Case Continues

  • The health fraud trial date involving Lisle, Illinois-based Passages Hospice has been set for July 6, 2015, an official with the Department of Justice told Life Matters Media.

9-15: Passages Hospice Trial Date Set: Victim Shares Story

  • The fate of four individuals accused of defrauding the government by providing unnecessary hospice care services to seniors will be decided by a jury this winter.

9-15: Exclusive: Passages Hospice Was ‘Corrupt To The Top,’ Says Former Employee

  • Denise Brunson only lasted a year and a half at Passages Hospice as a certified nursing assistant.

2-16: Passages Hospice Founder Pleads Guilty, Faces Prison

  • U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.

    The former owner of Passages Hospice and its director of nursing pled guilty to fraud charges on Friday in Illinois federal court.

2-16: Former Passages Hospice Employees Face Prison, Fines

  • The former owner of Passages Hospice and its director of nursing will be sentenced for their part in a multi-year, multi-million dollar Medicare scheme.

3-17: Passages Hospice Owner Sentenced To Prison For Fraud

  • Misty Johnson is still owed thousands from Passages..

    The owner of a now-shuttered Illinois hospice company was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for running an elaborate $20 million hospice scheme.

4-18: ‘Cold And Heartless’ Hospice: Former Passages Employees Still Hurting

  • Passages Hospice didn’t just harm vulnerable patients and their families.