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Miami Home Health Owner Sentenced In $6 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A co-owner of Professional Medical Home Health LLC has been sentenced to serve nearly six years in prison and ordered to pay $6.2 million in restitution for her participation in a health care fraud scheme involving the now defunct home health care company. Annarella Garcia, 44, of Hialeah, Fla. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health […]

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Study Shows House Calls Pay Off, Slash Medicare Costs 17%

What were popular in the past but have recently begun to reemerge as healthcare providers strive to lower costs while simultaneously improve care, house calls continue to show their effectiveness in saving money for federal programs like Medicare, a recent study finds.  Researchers with MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a 926-bed teaching and research hospital in Washington, […]

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WSJ: Home Health Care Booming, But Leaving Workers Behind

Home health care is among the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S., projected to create nearly a million new jobs in the next decade. But the growth isn’t without significant challenges, the Wall Street Journal reports. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts the profession will grow by nearly 50% by 2022, the equivalent of close to […]

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Hospital Group Opposes Proposed CMS Home Health Audit Rules

Of the various provisions outlined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2015 proposed rule for the home health prospective payment system, just one section regarding new audit procedures for home health agencies has garnered opposition from a national hospital trade group. Specifically, the American Hospital Association (AHA) strongly opposes CMS’s proposal to […]

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Eight in 10 Americans Oppose Medicare Cuts to Home Health

More than eight in 10 registered voters support action to prevent cuts to Medicare Home Health, a recent national survey finds.  The cuts are estimated to directly affect more than one million seniors and nearly half a million home health professionals.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes July 1 that would reduce […]

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