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West Virgina Home Care Owner Makes Case for More State Funding

While the number of people age 65 and older in West Virginia is expected to increase by 1.5% by 2025, the amount of workers available to take care of that population is expected to decline by 9%, a home care service expert told state lawmakers on Monday. About 16% of people in the state are […]

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Tenn. Home Health Company Agrees to $25 Million Settlement

CareAll Management LLC and its affiliated entities have agreed to pay $25 million, plus interest, to the United States and the state of Tennessee to settle False Claims Act allegations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced recently. The settlement resolves allegations that CareAll — based in Nashville, Tenn., and one of the state’s largest home […]

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N.Y. Home Health Agency Pays $35 Million to Settle False Medicaid Claims

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) last week agreed to pay about $35 million to settle claims that it improperly billed Medicaid for services related to member enrollment in the organization’s adult day centers. Under the terms of the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams, VNSNY must pay a total of […]

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Poor State Training for Personal Care Aides Leading to Home Care Crisis

State training standards for personal care aides (PCAs) are inadequate and inconsistent, say health workforce researchers. Less than half of states, or 45%, have one or more programs with no PCA training requirements and 22% have no PCA training requirements at all, according to a recent report published by the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term […]

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CMS Finalizes DME Bidding Rule for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule late October for durable medical equipment (DME) payment adjustments. The final rule for calendar year 2015, which is largely unchanged from the proposed rule in July, clarifies certain criteria related to DME, such as methodology for expanding the CMS’ competitive bidding program to […]

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