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WELCOME to Hospice Services of Alabama. Here you ll find a wealth of information, encouragement and expertise.
So please explore what we have to offer, and please contact us today if we can help you.

PATIENTS CAREGIVERS
Every patient and family is important to us. When confronted with an illness for which there is no cure, trust in our commitment to providing the highest level of medical, emotional and spiritual support.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Browse our Frequently Asked Qustions to learn more about hospice, what sets Hospice Services of Alabama apart, eligibility and more. Of course, feel free to contact us today with your own questions.

REFER A PATIENT TODAY
Hospice Services of Alabama has a long history of helping physicians deliver care to their patients—with unmatched medical expertise and the kind of daily care you simply will not find elsewhere.

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“Words cannot express the valuable and professional services provided to my family during this time of need. I will not attempt to single out any on individual, because all the caregivers were dedicated, courteous, and professional, and performed their duties with diligence, patience, sincerity, and perseverance. I highly recommend Hospice Services of Alabama.” – Tim

“No one ever wants to require the use of hospice services, but our family chose your company for my grandfather in his last days. The way your compassionate representatives presented information, provided care, and followed up, even now in the weeks after his passing, has been unlike anything we ever expected. Thank you!” – Derrick

“The calls were very uplifting; I’ve never known an organization that followed up like this. The services were outstanding and I have already recommended these services to others.”

“You were always there for us no matter what the problem and at any time. I would recommend you to anybody and everybody. This is from my heart.”





Life Choice Hospice Business Review in Birmingham, AL – Central and South

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Business Review

BBB Accreditation

Life Choice Hospice is not BBB Accredited.

Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.

To be accredited by BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards. which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

Reason for Rating

Factors that lowered Life Choice Hospice’s rating include:

  • Failure to respond to one complaint filed against business.

Factors that raised Life Choice Hospice’s rating include:

  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.

Customer Complaints Summary

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years 0 closed in last 12 months

Advertising Review

BBB has nothing to report concerning Life Choice Hospice’s advertising at this time.

What is BBB Advertising Review?

BBB promotes truth in advertising by contacting advertisers whose claims conflict with the BBB Code of Advertising. These claims come to our attention from our internal review of advertising, consumer complaints and competitor challenges. BBB asks advertisers to prove their claims, change ads to make offers more clear to consumers, and remove misleading or deceptive statements.

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 12/04/2013

Licensing

This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

These agencies may include:

Alabama Department of Public Health
251 N Bayou St
Mobile, AL 36603-5827
(334) 206-5300
http://adph.org

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With 301 full-time instructional faculty, UAH is able to maintain a low faculty-to-student ratio of 1:16 and an average class size of 27. Many of our faculty members are engaged in ground-breaking research.

General Education Requirements

All degree programs at UAH have a General Education Requirements (GER) component, which accounts for a little over one-third of the minimum total degree requirements and includes coursework in four categories: Composition, the Humanities Fine Arts, Social Behavioral Sciences, and the Natural Physical Sciences.

International Engagement Support

The Office of International Services oversees three divisions that serve the unique needs of international students at UAH: International Student and Scholar Services, the Intensive Language and Culture Program, and the Office of International Programs.

Certificate Programs

UAH offers a number of Certificate Programs to give you specialized training in a particular area of study. These non-degree options are designed to bypass much of the coursework required for a degree in the field and can therefore be completed in a shorter amount of time.

Collaborative Learning Center

UAH’s CLC develops best practices that combine classroom-based activities with enhanced learning techniques to strengthen students’ relationships with each other and the university.

Online Learning

UAH’s ever-expanding Online Learning Program uses audio, visual, and multimedia technology for students or working professionals interested in earning an undergraduate or graduate degree online.

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UAH’s Student Success Center provides students with academic and career support, in addition to assisting them with internship and co-op opportunities.

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Salmon Library houses the print and electronic collections used by the students, faculty, and staff for instructional, research, and outreach purposes.

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Top 100 Schools for Animation, Gaming, and Design

Did You Know. Full Sail University offers online degree programs in computer animation, game art, and game design? Learn more about Full Sail University’s online programs.

The animation education industy has never been so competitive, with schools competing for students and students competing for a small number of available industry jobs. The job rate and student employability has dropped to the lowest in years, so a top-notch animation education has never been so critical.

All this has made choosing the right animation school extremely difficult. To help students navigate through the world of animation schools, we’ve put together the Top 100 most highly-regarded and sought after animation schools on the planet. This list of the Top 100 Schools in Animation, Gaming and Design was compiled via a mixture of school reviews, industry-reviewed lists like the Princeton Review, and via a survey of the animation industry professionals and recruiters from companies like Pixar, J.J. Sedelmaier and DreamWorks who were featured in our Interview Series. And without further ado, here are your Top 100 Schools in Animation, Gaming and Design:

Let’s start this list off with a bang by beginning with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. This design school made our list because it is a tight-knit school that offers a fully customizable course load—but unlike some of their competitors they do it without school-defined majors. They definitely win the prize for being the most flexible program (or lackthereof) on this list. Only problem is: if you don’t like the education you get then you have only yourself to blame (and I suppose the mentor who helps you craft your personalized program). No worries though, their wide-selection of Film, Animation, Illustration and Graphic Design courses certainly won’t let you down.

The University of Visual Arts in Tucson has a small faculty (with an excellent teacher-to-student ratio) and a small-art school vibe. But don’t let the size fool you, this highly-advanced visual arts school packs a wallop with their Graphic Design. Animation and Illustration programs. They also offer BFA degrees in Studio Art and Photography, an MFA degree in Studio Arts with three areas of emphasis, one of which is Motion Arts. Their animation and design courses are highly practical as they focus heavily on industry-dominating Flash software and character development.

When your entire focus is animation, you get pretty good at it; when all you teach is animation, you get pretty good at that too. The Animation Workshop’s sole focus on animation has paid off as they have become the top Scandinavian animation school, and one of the best in Europe. The school has five departments, each focusing on a different element of animation; each department enrolls a limited number of students annually—so that they maintain their great teacher-to-student ratio. Despite their northerly location the school and faculty have fostered tight relationships with the European animation community and have landed positions for their graduates at DreamWorks in the U.S, Brown Bag Films in Ireland, Aardman in the U.K. Cartoon-Film in Germany, Folimage in France, BRB in Spain and more.

The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) takes a unique approach to preparing their students to work in the animation industry, they require at least one (most students complete two) short film(s) before graduation. These short films are made in conjunction with the production, editing, sound and photography departments so the animation grads leave school with a professional-looking film; films that regularly score the school’s graduates entry level jobs at prominent studios across Europe. FAMU has two animation programs, a three-year bachelor’s program and a five-year master’s. Their master’s program in animation is extremely tough to get into though as they accept just five students annually.

9Zeros in Spain hosts three four-year animation programs: Cartooning, 3D Animation and Stop Motion. The stop-motion program steals the show at this school though as the 400-hour program is good—and the only one on the continent. This boutique program accepts just 120 students a year. Included in the program is an internship with European-based studios that the school maintains close ties with and an end-of-the-program final project to add to their portfolio. The Spanish animation scene absorbs most of 9Zeros’ graduates.

La Poudrière is an animation school created over a decade ago by France’s most-prominent animation studio, Folimage. The directors at Folimage designed La Poudrière’s program in an interesting way. there is no faculty. Instead the students are taught by the 60 to 80 guest lecturers that rotate through the campus annually. The school’s two-year animation program focuses heavily on animated film directing, has a max of 10 students per class and is taught primarily via supervised projects to ensure that students get the most hands-on experience possible and leave school with a hefty portfolio. Another interesting, and highly realistic, part of the program is that students are forced to create their work within given budgets and time schedules.

The Art Center College of Design (often referred to simply as the ‘Art Center’) has been regularly listed as a top art/design school by BusinessWeek, U.S. News, DesignIntelligence, and U.S. News World Report. Their degree programs in Entertainment Design. Film. Fine Art. Graphic Design. Illustration and Interaction Design all offer tempting elements to aspiring animators, designers and game designers. Their courses are heavily influenced by pop culture, hand and life drawing and a mixture of emerging media.

If living in Long Beach, California wasn’t enough to sell prospective design students on going to California State University Long Beach, then the program the school created would do it. Their BA and BFA degree programs in Graphic Design, Illustration and Studio Art offer interesting tracks in illustration and/or animation; meaning they train artists first, then turn them into animators. This strategy is working well because California’s top animation studios recruit from CSU Long Beach. They also offer interesting media courses in their Journalism and Mass Communications department.

This little beauty was a favorite amongst the employers surveyed in our Interview Series. and was mentioned by many as a school they regularly recruit from. Can’t blame ’em really, because their BA degrees in Animation, Video/Digital art, Graphic Design and Illustration when combined with electives from their Studio Art, Video/Digital Art, Visual Communication and Graphic Design concentrations create superhero-like graduates (think: unstoppable).

The National Institute of Design is India’s foremost institution teaching design and animation, and considering how good the animation talent is coming out of India these days, that says a lot. The school’s mingling courses in Graphic Design, Animation Film Design, Film Video Communication and Exhibition (Spatial) Design are turning out incredibly artsy animators that are providing steady competition for American animation studios. While nobody in animation and gaming likes to talk about outsourcing, NID is the school training the animation masters behind the trend, training artists as well as software experts. They’re good, real good.

You will notice a massive amount of Vancouver animation schools making the list, but this should come as no surprise given their massively successful animation scene and ability to usurp a large amount of animation graduates. The Emily Carr University of Art and Design is another Vancouver-based art and design school to proudly make our list. But we couldn’t pick just one program from Emily Carr to add to this list because the strength of the school is mutually reinforcing the artistic education of its students via multidisciplinary groups, electives and through major/minor combos. The mix of courses between the school’s well-known Animation major , Interactive + Social Media Arts major , Communication Design major. Industrial Design major. Interaction Design major. Film, Video + Integrated Media major. Illustration major and Visual Arts major have created a symbiotic place to learn an amazingly-broad spectrum of visual and computer-aided arts. Students enjoy their university experience at Emily Carr due to the incredibly talented student body, students with whom they get to network and work on a daily basis. This talented student body provides regular doses of inspiration and artistic creativity.


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WELCOME to Hospice Services of Alabama. Here you ll find a wealth of information, encouragement and expertise.
So please explore what we have to offer, and please contact us today if we can help you.

PATIENTS CAREGIVERS
Every patient and family is important to us. When confronted with an illness for which there is no cure, trust in our commitment to providing the highest level of medical, emotional and spiritual support.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Browse our Frequently Asked Qustions to learn more about hospice, what sets Hospice Services of Alabama apart, eligibility and more. Of course, feel free to contact us today with your own questions.

REFER A PATIENT TODAY
Hospice Services of Alabama has a long history of helping physicians deliver care to their patients—with unmatched medical expertise and the kind of daily care you simply will not find elsewhere.

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“Words cannot express the valuable and professional services provided to my family during this time of need. I will not attempt to single out any on individual, because all the caregivers were dedicated, courteous, and professional, and performed their duties with diligence, patience, sincerity, and perseverance. I highly recommend Hospice Services of Alabama.” – Tim

“No one ever wants to require the use of hospice services, but our family chose your company for my grandfather in his last days. The way your compassionate representatives presented information, provided care, and followed up, even now in the weeks after his passing, has been unlike anything we ever expected. Thank you!” – Derrick

“The calls were very uplifting; I’ve never known an organization that followed up like this. The services were outstanding and I have already recommended these services to others.”

“You were always there for us no matter what the problem and at any time. I would recommend you to anybody and everybody. This is from my heart.”





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Which Alabama Schools Offer Information Technology Programs?

Learn about information technology schools in Alabama. See degree and specialization options, program requirements, course information, and school details. Schools offering Information Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Information technology degrees are readily available within the state of Alabama. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs within this field of study are often found at public universities.

What You Need to Know

Alabama-based individuals interested in formal education options relating to the field of information technology may choose to earn a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. Information technology programs are primarily offered by four-year, public schools in Alabama, however, at least one program is offered through a private university. A baccalaureate degree in the field usually requires about four years to complete, while graduate students pursuing master’s degrees will study for one and a half to two years. Programs may include an internship, capstone project, or undergraduate thesis prior to graduation. Applicants to master’s degree programs must first earn a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field.

Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Alabama

Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL

At Alabama State University, you can earn a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems through the College of Business Administration. You will study programming, networks, databases, and systems analysis. You may be able to participate in an internship with a local business.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Program Length: 121 credits (four years, full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $8,720 per year for in-district students; $8,723 per year for in-state students; $15,656 per year for out-of-state students
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 4,800 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students

Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL

Tuskegee University’s bachelor’s degree program in information technology is available with five different concentrations. Your core coursework will cover computer organization, system administration, web system design, database management, networks, and information security. You’ll also take some business fundamental courses so that you can accurately assess the IT needs of a company or business.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Specializations: Web applications/design, network administration/security, information assurance, system administration, supply chain management
  • Program Length: 128 credits (four years full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $20,015 per year for in-state and out-of-state students
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 2,600 undergraduate students and roughly 500 graduate students

University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama offers a bachelor’s degree in computer science which features coursework in programming, data structures, operating systems, and software engineering. You can choose from electives in network security, database management, and information systems. You will complete either a capstone project or undergrad thesis to finish up your degree in your senior year.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Program Length: 120 credits (four years, full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $10,170 per year for in-state students; $25,950 per year for out-of-state students
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 30,800 undergraduate students and nearly 5,300 graduate students

University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL

You can enroll in the University of South Alabama’s bachelor’s degree program in information technology with one of four elective tracks. Your major-specific core courses will include programming, system architecture, databases, networks, and project management. In your senior year, you will take a seminar and complete a project based on the knowledge you gained in your studies.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Specializations: Data management, web publishing, networking, digital forensics
  • Program Length: 128 credits (four years, full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $7,332 per year for in-state students; $14,364 per year for out-of-state students
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 11,500 undergraduate students and approximately 4,300 graduate students

Information Technology Master’s Degree Programs in Alabama

University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL

Though the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama notes that you should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science in order to apply to the master’s degree program, you may be granted admission with a degree in a related field. In the master’s program in computer science, you will study programming, software design, security, operating systems, networks, and database management. You can complete this degree either by writing and researching an original thesis or by taking a comprehensive exam.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Program Length: 30 credits (1 to 2 years, full-time)
  • Graduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $10,170 per year for in-state students; $25,950 per year for out-of-state students
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree
  • Admission Requirements: GRE scores, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 30,800 undergraduate students and almost 5,300 graduate students

University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL

You can complete the University of South Alabama’s master’s degree program in information systems by completing a thesis, a project, or additional coursework. The core curriculum for this program includes courses in systems analysis and design, database management, and project management. You can choose from electives like health informatics, website management, network analysis, and software engineering.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Program Length: 36 credits (2 years, full-time)
  • Graduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $7,110 per year for in-state students; $14,220 per year for out-of-state students
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree
  • Admission Requirements: GRE scores, three letters of reference, statement of purpose
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 11,500 undergraduate students and approximately 4,300 graduate students

In summary, Alabamian students can find bachelor and master’s degrees that focus on information technology specifically in that field of study or in related disciplines like computer science or information systems.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:


Life Choice Hospice Business Review in Birmingham, AL – Central and South

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Business Review

BBB Accreditation

Life Choice Hospice is not BBB Accredited.

Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.

To be accredited by BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards. which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

Reason for Rating

Factors that lowered Life Choice Hospice’s rating include:

  • Failure to respond to one complaint filed against business.

Factors that raised Life Choice Hospice’s rating include:

  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.

Customer Complaints Summary

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years 0 closed in last 12 months

Advertising Review

BBB has nothing to report concerning Life Choice Hospice’s advertising at this time.

What is BBB Advertising Review?

BBB promotes truth in advertising by contacting advertisers whose claims conflict with the BBB Code of Advertising. These claims come to our attention from our internal review of advertising, consumer complaints and competitor challenges. BBB asks advertisers to prove their claims, change ads to make offers more clear to consumers, and remove misleading or deceptive statements.

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 12/04/2013

Licensing

This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

These agencies may include:

Alabama Department of Public Health
251 N Bayou St
Mobile, AL 36603-5827
(334) 206-5300
http://adph.org

Business Category




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Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders

The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is much more than a place. It is an extraordinary partnership of local, national and international centers of excellence that provides care of treatment for 90 percent of the pediatric hematology-oncology patients in the state.

Friday Night Football Clinic

The Friday Night Football Clinic, a service of UAB Sports medicine at Children s of Alabama, offers all the services of a normal doctor s examination without waiting hours in an ER or even until Monday morning! It includes access to UAB Medicine and Children s of Alabama network of clinics and hospitals

Matthew Downer

Matthew Downer of Fort Payne has battled brain cancer since 2009. He has undergone surgery, radiation and chemotherapy at Children s and continues newly developed treatment today. But none of this has kept him from graduating from high school with honors and taking the first steps toward a career doing what he loves best working on cars.

Lilianna Thompson

When acute myeloid leukemia hit Lilianna Thompson in 2011, it hit hard. Initial treatment failed. But following several courses of chemotherapy, two blood cord transplants, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, Lilianna is a walking, talking, giggling miracle.

Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is common during the summer months when children are more likely to swim in the pool, lake or ocean. But you don’t have to swim to get swimmer’s ear. The infection is caused by too much moisture in the ear which can allow bacteria or fungi to grow.

Swimmer’s ear or otitis externa (outer ear infection) is not to be confused with a regular (middle) ear infection. Dr. Joe Jolly, a pediatrician at Greenvale Pediatrics in Alabaster explains, “Swimmer’s ear takes place in the outside of the ear in the ear canal itself, whereas an ear infection occurs behind the ear drum.” Watch video.

For Healthcare Professionals

Children’s of Alabama is committed to improving access to and communication with our pediatric providers and community physicians and their staff. This website will be continually updated with the latest forms, directions and contact information to help facilitate the referral process. If you have any concerns or issues, visit the Physician Link and you’ll find the phone number to our dedicated team who will be happy to help.

In addition, we will continually update and improve this website with more information about Continuing Medical Education opportunities, research findings, and better access to our providers and staff.

Matthew Downer

Matthew Downer of Fort Payne has battled brain cancer since 2009. He has undergone surgery, radiation and chemotherapy at Children s and continues newly developed treatment today. But none of this has kept him from graduating from high school with honors and taking the first steps toward a career doing what he loves best working on cars.

Lilianna Thompson

When acute myeloid leukemia hit Lilianna Thompson in 2011, it hit hard. Initial treatment failed. But following several courses of chemotherapy, two blood cord transplants, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, Lilianna is a walking, talking, giggling miracle.

Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is common during the summer months when children are more likely to swim in the pool, lake or ocean. But you don’t have to swim to get swimmer’s ear. The infection is caused by too much moisture in the ear which can allow bacteria or fungi to grow.

Swimmer’s ear or otitis externa (outer ear infection) is not to be confused with a regular (middle) ear infection. Dr. Joe Jolly, a pediatrician at Greenvale Pediatrics in Alabaster explains, “Swimmer’s ear takes place in the outside of the ear in the ear canal itself, whereas an ear infection occurs behind the ear drum.” Watch video.

For Healthcare Professionals

Children’s of Alabama is committed to improving access to and communication with our pediatric providers and community physicians and their staff. This website will be continually updated with the latest forms, directions and contact information to help facilitate the referral process. If you have any concerns or issues, visit the Physician Link and you’ll find the phone number to our dedicated team who will be happy to help.

In addition, we will continually update and improve this website with more information about Continuing Medical Education opportunities, research findings, and better access to our providers and staff.

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Hospice company AseraCare loses first round of False Claims trial

Hospice company AseraCare loses first round of False Claims trial

A jury in Alabama delivered a blow to AseraCare on Thursday in a case seeking to determine whether the hospice provider admitted Medicare beneficiaries who were not eligible for end-of-life care in order to pull in more dollars.

The jury examined whether individual medical records supported 121 hospice claims and found 104 of those claims to be false or unsupported, sources close to the case said Thursday. The case will now move to a second phase in which the jury will examine whether AseraCare knowingly submitted false claims. Such knowledge, or at least reckless disregard for the truth, is required to prove liability in False Claims Act cases.

The trial could leave AseraCare on the hook for $200 million in damages, which would make it the largest False Claims Act case ever involving a hospice provider, according to one whistle-blower attorney who is closely following the case.

Attempts to reach AseraCare and its attorneys for comment were not immediately successful Thursday afternoon.

AseraCare, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Golden Living, which operates in 19 states, has fought the allegations in court documents, saying, in part, that reasonable minds can differ in assessing whether a person is eligible for hospice care. Federal law requires two physicians to certify that a person is likely to live no longer than six more months before that person can be eligible for hospice care .

The prognostication of death by a physician is a complex, highly variable and inexact process under the best of circumstances, a fact recognized both by Medicare and in the clinical literature, according to a brief AseraCare filed in the case.

But attorneys say Thursday’s jury decision is a major victory for the government and the whistle-blowers who filed the complaint that triggered the federal investigation.

Mary Inman, a partner with Constantine Cannon who represents whistle-blowers, noted that the jury reached its conclusion even though it was only allowed to see part of the evidence. The judge in the case made the unusual move of dividing the case into two parts one addressing whether the claims were false, and the other whether the false claims were knowingly submitted. Normally, liability is decided in just one part of a False Claims Act case, although damages may be decided in another, Inman said.

The deck was definitely stacked against [the government] in this trial, in that the jury was only allowed to see such a narrow sliver of the evidence, and even with that sliver, the fact that they found that the overwhelming majority of claims were false is great, Inman said.

She said she wouldn’t be surprised if AseraCare chooses to settle now rather than face potential damages after the second phase of the trial.

She also said the case could cause hospice providers to change their business practices.

It sends a very strong signal to the for-profit hospice industry that they need to be very careful in who is making their eligibility determinations, and that they’re doing that in a way that complies with all of the government standards, and there’s not undue influence being exerted on medical doctors and others making those determinations, Inman said.

Once beneficiaries enter hospice care they also generally must give up curative care, she noted, calling it egregious that some beneficiaries who might have benefited from curative care may have given it up for inappropriate hospice care.

But Mark Silberman, a partner at Duane Morris who has represented hospices in fraud investigations, said there’s another potential concern when the government makes judgments about hospice eligibility after the fact. He said it’s important to evaluate the decision to admit a patient to hospice with the information that was available at the time that decision was made.

I think the worst-case scenario is that people who would benefit from hospice may not have it available because conscientious hospice providers might be concerned that the reasonableness of their decisions will be questioned, and that the consequences could be dire, Silberman said.

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    Hospice company AseraCare loses first round of False Claims trial

    Hospice company AseraCare loses first round of False Claims trial

    A jury in Alabama delivered a blow to AseraCare on Thursday in a case seeking to determine whether the hospice provider admitted Medicare beneficiaries who were not eligible for end-of-life care in order to pull in more dollars.

    The jury examined whether individual medical records supported 121 hospice claims and found 104 of those claims to be false or unsupported, sources close to the case said Thursday. The case will now move to a second phase in which the jury will examine whether AseraCare knowingly submitted false claims. Such knowledge, or at least reckless disregard for the truth, is required to prove liability in False Claims Act cases.

    The trial could leave AseraCare on the hook for $200 million in damages, which would make it the largest False Claims Act case ever involving a hospice provider, according to one whistle-blower attorney who is closely following the case.

    Attempts to reach AseraCare and its attorneys for comment were not immediately successful Thursday afternoon.

    AseraCare, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Golden Living, which operates in 19 states, has fought the allegations in court documents, saying, in part, that reasonable minds can differ in assessing whether a person is eligible for hospice care. Federal law requires two physicians to certify that a person is likely to live no longer than six more months before that person can be eligible for hospice care .

    The prognostication of death by a physician is a complex, highly variable and inexact process under the best of circumstances, a fact recognized both by Medicare and in the clinical literature, according to a brief AseraCare filed in the case.

    But attorneys say Thursday’s jury decision is a major victory for the government and the whistle-blowers who filed the complaint that triggered the federal investigation.

    Mary Inman, a partner with Constantine Cannon who represents whistle-blowers, noted that the jury reached its conclusion even though it was only allowed to see part of the evidence. The judge in the case made the unusual move of dividing the case into two parts one addressing whether the claims were false, and the other whether the false claims were knowingly submitted. Normally, liability is decided in just one part of a False Claims Act case, although damages may be decided in another, Inman said.

    The deck was definitely stacked against [the government] in this trial, in that the jury was only allowed to see such a narrow sliver of the evidence, and even with that sliver, the fact that they found that the overwhelming majority of claims were false is great, Inman said.

    She said she wouldn’t be surprised if AseraCare chooses to settle now rather than face potential damages after the second phase of the trial.

    She also said the case could cause hospice providers to change their business practices.

    It sends a very strong signal to the for-profit hospice industry that they need to be very careful in who is making their eligibility determinations, and that they’re doing that in a way that complies with all of the government standards, and there’s not undue influence being exerted on medical doctors and others making those determinations, Inman said.

    Once beneficiaries enter hospice care they also generally must give up curative care, she noted, calling it egregious that some beneficiaries who might have benefited from curative care may have given it up for inappropriate hospice care.

    But Mark Silberman, a partner at Duane Morris who has represented hospices in fraud investigations, said there’s another potential concern when the government makes judgments about hospice eligibility after the fact. He said it’s important to evaluate the decision to admit a patient to hospice with the information that was available at the time that decision was made.

    I think the worst-case scenario is that people who would benefit from hospice may not have it available because conscientious hospice providers might be concerned that the reasonableness of their decisions will be questioned, and that the consequences could be dire, Silberman said.

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