New reform measures target fraud, kickbacks in California’s end-of-life care industry

Source: Los Angeles Times

Sponsored by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), Assembly Bill 1280 would prohibit hospice providers or their agents from paying recruiters or others for patient referrals. It also prohibits hospice employees, salespeople or others who receive any form of compensation for referrals from providing consultation on eligibility or services.

“Preying upon the sick and dying is despicable, and it’s unacceptable that California leads the nation in hospice fraud,” Irwin said, calling her bill “a first step” toward addressing monetary incentives that can lead to fraud.