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OIG: 10 States Don’t Require Background Checks for Home Health Workers

Vetting home health care workers—via background checks or fingerprinting—has been an area of consideration for federal regulators in recent months, but a new report reveals not all states have practices in place to screen these employees.  Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, only 41 states require home health agencies to conduct background […]

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Philly Hospice Owner Sentenced 14 Years for $16 Million Fraud Scheme

The owner of a Philadelphia hospice agency was sentenced this week to 176 months in prison for his role in a $16.2 million Medicare fraud scheme. Matthew Kolodesh, 52, of Churchville, Pennsylvania, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 21 counts of health care fraud, 11 counts of money laundering and two […]

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Washington D.C. Terminates Six Home Health Agencies Following Investigation

The Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) announced Friday that it will terminate six home care agencies from Washington, D.C.’s Medicaid program, following their alleged involvement in a recent fraud investigation. Effective July 15, 2014, the six providers that will receive termination notices include ABA Home Health Care; Nursing Enterprises; Nursing Unlimited; T&N Reliable Nursing […]

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Home Health Agency Owner Receives Six Years for Medicare Fraud Scheme

A Detroit-area home health agency owner has been sentenced to serve six years in prison for his role in a $13.8 million Medicare fraud scheme. Zahir Yousafzai, 44, was sentenced May 22 by U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen in the eastern district of Michigan. In addition to his prison term, Yousafzai was sentenced to three […]

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Medicare Fraud Sweep Nets $223 Million, 89 Arrests for False Billings

A nationwide takedown by Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in eight cities has resulted in 89 arrests for alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving $223 million in false billing, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday. The cumulative arrests represented the sixth national Medicare fraud takedown in the Strike Force’s history, […]

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