Home Health Payments Still in Limbo After Univita Collapse

Home health care providers are feeling the repercussions of Univita Health’s collapse in Florida, with many companies owed payments they have yet to receive. The third-party administrator for Florida’s Medicaid program filed for bankruptcy on Aug. 28. Meanwhile, some former Univita employees are suing the company, alleging they were not given 60 days’ notice in […]

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 […]

3-D Printing: A Brave New World for Home Care?

Home health patients have long suffered from ailments relating to their tissues and organs, but one award-winning startup aims to eventually solve these aging problems entirely through the use of 3-D printing technology. That’s the idea behind BioBots, which had a sort of Facebook-esque start in a University of Pennsylvania dorm room last year. But […]

Home Equipment Providers to Re-Compete for Medicare Contracts

Suppliers of certain home health products soon will be able to bid for contracts to begin in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. There are nine product categories in this Round 1 2017 bidding, which is a recompete of the contracts awarded in the Round 1 Recompete of the Medicare […]

Home Health Business Briefs: Visiting Angels Partners With Reverse Mortgage Giant

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships:  American Advisors Group Partners With Home Care Franchisor American Advisors Group (AAG), the nation’s leader in reverse mortgage lending, recently announced its partnership with Visiting Angels, […]

House Passes Medical Equipment Bidding Reforms

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to reform the Medicare competitive bidding program for home medical equipment, earning praise from industry leaders who have pushed for the changes. “The House passing H.R. 284 is a huge step towards reforming the bidding process, but our work is not done,” said Tom Ryan, president and […]

CMS Announces Round 2 Re-Compete for DME Bidding Program

Last week, CMS announced plans to re-compete the supplier contracts awarded in Round 2 of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. By law, CMS is required to re-compete contracts under the DMEPOS bidding program at least once every three years. Under the program, DMEPOS providers bid against each […]

CMS Seeks Comment on New Competitive Bidding Round for DME

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment in the process of moving toward national implementation of its competitive bidding system for durable medical equipment.  CMS has been rolling out the program—currently operating in 100 areas across the U.S.—gradually. It  and has been met with strong opposition from home health care providers […]

CMS Moves Closer to Fingerprint Background Checks in Home Health

Three years following a final rule that will allow for fingerprinting of workers—a measure targeting Medicare fraud—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is finally making plans to contract with a company to conduct the background checks, according to a Modern Healthcare report. The fingerprint screening is one of several mechanisms now allowed by the […]