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Hospice managers charged with Medicare fraud for falsifying records

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CHANDLER, Okla. – A hospice and two of its managers could face prison time for Medicare fraud.

Authorities say 38-year-old Paula Kluding, 42-year-old Patricia Carter and Prairie View Hospice face a total of 39 counts of Medicare fraud.

The hospice is accused of concealing the true medical conditions of hospice patients in order to pass a Medicare audit and obtain federal money.

Nursing notes were also allegedly falsified to make patients’ health appear worse than it really was.