Home Health & Hospice

Health Integrity Audits of Texas and Oklahoma Home Health Agencies are on the Rise.

(August 14, 2011):   Home health agencies in Texas and Oklahoma remain under considerable scrutiny by Medicare contractors tasked with identifying fraud and abuse perpetrated against the Medicare Trust Fund.  As discussed below, these Medicare contractors have a number of tools at their disposal, many of which can effectively place a home health agency in financial peril …

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New Face-to-Face Requirements for Hospices and Home Health Agencies

(May 8, 2011):  Over the last year, both hospice and home health agencies have faced a number of regulatory challenges, including but not limited to the face-to-face issue.  In many instances (including the new requirement discussed below), these regulatory changes have been implemented in an effort to better ensure that the services ordered are reasonable …

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South Texas Home Health Fraud Case Results in Nurse Prosecution

(October 9, 2010):  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas recently issued a Press Release announcing the conviction of a South Texas nurse who worked for a home health company. She allegedly admitted falsifying and forging encounter forms used when providing care for Medicare beneficiaries. This case is merely the latest example of …

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Existing Home Health Agencies Considered a Moderate Risk

(October 5, 2010):  Existing home health agencies are considered to be a Moderate Risk for screening purposes. Late last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Proposed Rule entitled “Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs; Additional Screening Requirements, Application Fees, Temporary Enrollment Moratoria, Payment Suspensions and Compliance.”  As set out in the …

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MFCU Strike Force Teams are Taking Aim at Home Health Providers

(July 19, 2010): Home health care providers are in the crosshairs again.  On July 15, HHS granted Florida a waiver of the anti-data mining provisions of federal Medicaid program regulations that will allow its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) to begin seeking out reasons to investigate home health and other providers for fraud.  While Florida …

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RAC Audits of Physician Practices, Home Health, Hospice, and DME Providers, are Expected to Increase.

(June 25, 2010): The purpose of this series of articles is to assess the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Program from the perspective of physicians, home health, hospice, durable medical equipment (DME) providers, and other relatively small Medicare providers.  As many non-hospital providers will acknowledge, early cries of wolf by law firms and consultants did a …

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