Chemed Corp., the provider of hospice care and Roto-Rooter plumbing services, fell the most in five years after its health unit was accused by the U.S. government of false billing for Medicare services.
Claudia Burzichelli doesn’t want to die like her dad. Nine years ago, her father, already afflicted with Parkinson’s, killed himself with a gunshot to the head days after his release from a hospital where he had been treated for a heart attack.
More people are dying in hospice care rather than in the hospital, though the shift hasn’t led to less aggressive treatment or lower costs as patients spend additional time in intensive care units in the last month of life.
Janet Stubbs was grateful when the nursing home recommended hospice care for her aunt Midge. Although Stubbs knew her aunt wasn’t dying, the offer of free, Medicare-paid hospice visits from a nurse and chaplain, plus an extra weekly bath, was too good to pass up.
Suffering from painful nerve damage in his feet, Charles Groomes was prescribed a daily dose of 205 milligrams of Oxycontin and oxycodone in 2007. His doctor wrote that it was the most he was comfortable prescribing -- more, he said, than anyone without cancer should take.