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New Tool to Keep Electricity Flowing for Home Care

The federal government has unveiled a new tool to support home-based health care. Health care organizations and other community groups now can use an interactive online map to help ensure that people who use electric medical and assistive equipment in their homes can remain safe during severe weather and other emergencies. The HHS emPOWER Map […]

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Deal Struck in $1 Million Home Health Fraud Case

A Mechanicsburg, Pa., woman who previously faced 70 criminal charges has pleaded guilty to just three charges in connection with a $1 million-plus health care fraud case involving Vision Healthcare Services Inc., a medical staffing and home health care company, according to reports by PennLive.   Rose Umana, the midstate agency owner, pleaded guilty to […]

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Home Health Providers Nabbed in Historic, $712 Million Fraud Takedown

In an action that’s been deemed the “largest criminal health care fraud takedown” in the Department of Justice’s history, 243 individuals — including home health care providers — have been charged for their participation in schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. The defendants are charged with various health care fraud-related crimes, including conspiracy […]

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CMS Punts on Sought-After Home Health Changes for ACOs

In its issuance of the final rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and its Medicare Shared Savings Program, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) left home health stakeholders still seeking more changes that they say would better serve both patients and providers.  The CMS rule, announced last week and to be finalized in […]

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Former Medicare Chief Says Nonprofit Home Health Agencies Do it Better

When it comes to being a preferred provider for important patient referral sources, not-for-profit home health agencies may have a leg up on for-profits, according to a former top Medicare official. Jonathan Blum was second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services between 2009 and 2014, when he served as the agency’s principal deputy […]

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