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March 20, 2017

After an audit by the state office of the comptroller into irregularities in Medicaid billing and documentation, Care Alternatives in Cranford — now known as Ascend Hospice — has agreed to repay $153,095 to the program. The OSC’s Medicaid fraud division uncovered 53 claim payments with violations of Medicaid regulations, including double billing, failing to maintain physician certifications, billing for hospice services after the termination of such services, and submitting claims for a beneficiary who had withdrawn from hospice services. 

“Our audit identified safeguards that Care Alternatives should have had in place and recommended specific actions that Care Alternatives should take to resolve the issues we uncovered,” State Comptroller Philip James Degnan said.

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