Earlier this month, WiHPCA leaders met with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) to discuss the growing – and highly concerning – trend of hospice fraud in other states and how Wisconsin can avoid similar fraud.
WiHPCA Board members Lynne Sexten (Chair) and Karen Carrig met with Inspector General Anthony Baize and his team to pass along critical information on new types of hospice fraud that has been seen across the country – starting in California a few years ago and spreading to Nevada, Texas, and Arizona, among a handful of other states. They also shared critical data and a sampling of national articles regarding hospice fraud that the OIG can use to help prevent similar fraud in Wisconsin.
The OIG appreciated the information and said they found the meeting highly valuable. They also expressed a desire to continue an open line of communication with WiHPCA and our members to help tackle potential hospice fraud.