$2.4 million settlement ends Atlanta hospice lawsuit

2:50 pm Jul. 6, 2017

Another hospice serving Georgia patients has agreed to a multi-million-dollar settlement as a result of a lawsuit filed by whistleblowers.

In the latest case, Compassionate Care Hospice Group agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve allegations that its subsidiary, Compassionate Care of Atlanta, paid kickbacks to five physicians to get them to refer patients and certify them as eligible for hospice services. The company then billed Medicare and Medicaid for

Two Atlanta doctors joining colleagues in federal prison

7:09 am Jun. 29, 2017

When William Richardson and Nevorn Askari report to federal prison for their roles in a pill mill operation, the two former Atlanta-area doctors could find themselves in some familiar company.

At least a dozen other Georgia-licensed physicians have been sentenced to federal prisons since 2014 for violations involving opioids or other addictive substances.

The AJC’s Becca Godwin wrote earlier this week that Richardson was sentenced to four years and six months