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
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
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
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.