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Probe Into Amedisys Concludes With No SEC Action

A four-year Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into one of the nation’s leading home health care companies has concluded, and SEC says it will take no further action against the provider. SEC staff recently advised Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMED) that the investigation by the SEC related to the company’s operations and participation in the Medicare program […]

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Southern California Man Sentenced 10 Years for $1.5 Million DME Fraud

A Southern California man was sentenced this week to serve 121 months in prison for his role in a durable medical equipment (DME) fraud scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday. Vahe Tahmasian, 36, of Glendale, California, was found guilty by a federal jury on March 21, 2014 for his involvement in a […]

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Home Health Leaders: Medicare Reforms Could Save More Than $15 Billion

The leading coalition of home health providers has put forth a proposal that could save more than $15 billion over 10 years by improving the Medicare pay model. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare recently proposed Skilled Home Health and Integrity Program Savings (SHHIPS), which would move Medicare away from a “pay and chase” model by preventing […]

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Patient Recruiter Pleads Guilty in $6.5 Million Miami Home Health Scheme

A patient recruiter has pleaded guilty for her participation in a home health fraud scheme in Miami that bilked the government out of $6.5 million. The recruiter, Euridice Borroto, who worked with now-defunct Nestor’s Health Services Inc. in Miami, Florida, is pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to solicit and receive health care kickbacks and […]

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Houston Home Health Owners Sentenced in $3M Medicare Fraud

Two Houston, Texas-area home health agency owners, among others, were sentenced last week for their roles in a $3 million Medicare fraud scheme. Owners of Jackson Home Healthcare, Inc., Valnita Turner, 48, and Valdie Jackson, 43, along with hospital employee Jarvis Thomas and Dr. Nick Patzakis, a physician, were among those sentenced Friday by a […]

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