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Miami Home Health Fraudster Sentenced to 106 Months in Prison

The owner and operator of a Miami home health care agency was sentenced Monday to 106 months in prison for his participation in a $30 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to FBI reports. Ramon Regueira, 66, of Miami, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud on Nov. 13, 2014, according […]

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Bipartisan Legislation Supports Competitive Bidding Reform

Recently introduced bipartisan legislation would require bidders to obtain a bid bond within the  Medicare competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS).   The legislation was introduced by Representatives Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Larson (D-Conn.) and Senators Portman (R-Ohio) and Cardin (D-Md.). H.R. 284 and S. 148 would ban non-binding bids, which […]

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CMS Names First Audit Contractor for Home Health, DME in 2015

Just before the close of 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded its first national recovery audit contract for the new year to Connecticut-based firm Connolly, LLC—the first of five to be awarded. The Region 5 contract awarded to the Connolly is national in scope and includes Medicare claims for Durable Medical […]

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HHS Awards States $665 Million to Design, Improve Health Care Delivery

Twenty-eight states, three territories and the District of Columbia will be the beneficiaries to over $665 million in Affordable Care Act funding to design and test health care payment and service delivery models that strive to both improve health care quality and lower costs, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Tuesday. […]

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Layoffs, Closures and Threats: Home Health Care News’ Most Popular Stories of 2014

Policy changes, blockbuster mergers and acquisitions, as well as layoffs, closings and caregiver labor debates characterized the home health and hospice sector in 2014. Mounting reimbursement pressures forced some of the nation’s largest provider to shutter operations and lay off hundreds at some locations, while other big players turned to the acquisition market to fuel their […]

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