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CMS Moves Closer to Fingerprint Background Checks in Home Health

Three years following a final rule that will allow for fingerprinting of workers—a measure targeting Medicare fraud—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is finally making plans to contract with a company to conduct the background checks, according to a Modern Healthcare report. The fingerprint screening is one of several mechanisms now allowed by the […]

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Two Home Health Recruiters Sentenced for $48 Million Fraud Scheme

Two patient recruiters for Florida home health companies were sentenced on Dec. 12 for their roles in a $48 million Medicare fraud scheme, the Justice Department announced. Elizabeth Monteagudo received a 70-month prison sentence followed by three years of supervised release and was also ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution jointly and severally with […]

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Twenty Detroit Residents Charged in $34 Million Home Health Scheme

Twenty Detroit-area residents were charged in early December for their roles in home health care and other schemes enacted in order to submit more than $34 million in false billing to Medicare, the Justice Department announced. The defendants include physicians, owners and operators of companies, office employees and patient recruiters have been charged with submitting […]

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Home Health Recruiter Gets 9 Years for $48M Medicare Fraud Scheme

A patient recruiter for a Miami home health care agency was sentenced on Wednesday to nine years in prison for his role in a $48 million scheme to defraud Medicare, the Justice Department announced. Emilio Amador was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in the Southern District of Florida following a guilty plea in […]

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Miami Home Health Fraudsters Sentenced for $8 Million Scheme

Two former owners of a home health care company in Miami, Florida were sentenced this week for their roles in a health care fraud scheme that bilked the federal government out of $8 million in Medicare dollars. The former owners of Flores Home Health Care Inc., Miguel Jiminez and Marina Sanchez Pajon, were sentenced to […]

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