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CMS Readies Fingerprint Background Checks for Home Health Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will finally begin to implement its long-heralded fingerprint-based background checks for home health providers. As part of enhanced enrollment screening provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act, CMS announced it is beginning to phase in the implementation of fingerprinting background checks—an initiative three years in the making.  […]

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Home Care Group Responds to HHS Secretary’s Resignation

Kathleen Sebelius recently announced her resignation as secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services following the end of open enrollment for—and botched rollout of—the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. On April 11, President Barack Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the position. Burwell is the current director of […]

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OIG Finds $2 Billion in Medicare Home Health Claims Paid in Error

Federal investigators have uncovered some flaws with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) face-to-face rule—flaws costing $2 billion worth of erroneous home health Medicare claims, a recent report finds.  Documentation standards for face-to-face encounters did not meet Medicare requirements for 32% of home health claims, resulting in $2 billion that should not have […]

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New Medicare Policies Threaten Home Health, Hospice Providers

Smaller home health and hospice providers will struggle to survive in the face of new policies and proposals that could deeply impact both industries, says Healthcare Market Resources in a market research letter that points to growth as a solution.  The home health and hospice industries are threatened by several policy efforts underway or in […]

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Survey Shows CMS Competitive Bidding Program Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

Following a public commenting period from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Round 2 of its Competitive Bidding program for home medical equipment (HME), a recent survey shows a majority of HME providers generally reject the program’s “one-size-fits-all” approach. In efforts to simplify the submitting of public comment, VGM Group, Inc. created […]

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