CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2007--Chemed Corporation
("Chemed") (NYSE:CHE), which operates VITAS Healthcare Corporation
(VITAS), the nation's largest provider of end-of-life care, and
Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest commercial and residential plumbing
and drain cleaning services provider, today announced the qui tam
action entitled Eve Barys and Dwayne Ostrom ex rel. United States and
the State of Florida vs. VITAS Healthcare Corporation, VITAS Hospice
Services, LLC, VITAS Healthcare Corporation of Florida, et al., that
was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Florida (Case No. 04-21431-CIV-Jordan/Torres) in June 2004
has been dismissed by the Court with prejudice. This lawsuit had
alleged VITAS' failure to appropriately bill Medicare and Medicaid for
hospice services in violation of the Federal False Claims Act and the
State of Florida False Claims Act.
Chemed was represented by Hogan & Hartson LLP.
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may relate to future events or Chemed's future performance. Such
statements are forward-looking statements and are based on present
information Chemed has related to its existing business circumstances.
Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are
subject to inherent risk that actual results may differ materially
from such forward-looking statements. Further, investors are cautioned
that Chemed does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking
statements based on unanticipated events or changed expectations.
CONTACT: Chemed Corporation
David P. Williams, 513-762-6901
SOURCE: Chemed Corporation