Home Health Safety Problems Found in $375 Million Dallas Medicare Fraud

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The news regarding the record setting $375 million medicare scheme in Texas continues, with the Dallas Morning News reporting that eleven health clinics face state sanctions or already have closed due to safety failures.

The Dallas Morning news reported the issues after obtaining records from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, or DADS. The records show a lack of qualified caregiving’s, nurses failing to assess patients or properly describe their needs to doctors, nurses failing to ensure doctors’ orders were followed and a failure to report exploitation.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a study last year that said Dallas had a high number of cases in which home health agencies extended patients’ treatment, a flag for possible fraud.

Most of the problems recorded in the state documents were at T&T Home Health Agency, a clinic that lists an address in a northwest Dallas office building. In March 2010, inspectors found 25 violations of state or federal patient care standards. The records also indicate workers at the agency made “false statements” to the state surveyors. At the same time, federal health officials approved the company for Medicare reimbursements.

In June 2010, DADS moved to revoke the agency’s license, said Allison Lowery , a spokeswoman for the state department. The hearing is scheduled for June.

“While we understand that these agencies are entitled to due process, the T&T situation highlights the need for an expedited resolution in certain cases,” Lowery said. “We’ll continue to hold these agencies accountable for any failures in their operations.”

Home health agencies targeted in Dallas-area Medicare probe also had safety problems

 

John Yedinak

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