Home Health Investigations Help OIG Recover $2.91 Billion in 2018

For years, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been ramping up efforts to battle Medicare fraud — including in home health and hospice. Now, a new OIG semiannual report is showing the agency’s progress, to the tune of $2.91 billion in expected investigative recoveries for fiscal year 2018. Throughout […]

Home Health Aides Win $4M In Wage-And-Hour Suit Settlement

A group of home health aides will receive a $4 million settlement to resolve a suit that claims they weren’t paid all the wages a New York company owed them. After granting preliminary approval in June, a U.S. District judge granted final approval to the class and collective settlement Tuesday. In 2016, plaintiff Allison Hypolite […]

12 Home Health Workers Indicted for $87 Million Medicaid Fraud

Two sisters and 10 of their employees have been indicted after a federal grand jury said they spent years using their home health care companies to defraud the Pennsylvania Medicaid program. Home health care companies owned and operated by sisters Arlinda Moriarty and Daynelle Dickens received more than $87 million in Medicaid payments for services that were never […]

CMS: Home Health Improper Payments Down $6.92 Billion

The Medicare fee-for-service improper payment rate in 2018 is the lowest it has been since 2010. A sharp drop in home health improper payments, in particular, is a big part of the reason why. Improper payments decreased by roughly $4.59 billion from 2017 to 2018, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

4 Charged in $87M Home Health Care Scheme

Federal investigators had a busy month of October shining a light on major fraud schemes throughout the home health industry — and November appears to be more of the same. A federal jury on Friday found a patient recruiter guilty for her role in a scheme involving roughly $1.1 million in fraudulent Medicare claims for […]

Former Mississippi Hospice Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A former hospice owner has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a Greenville, Mississippi court. Charline Brandon of Cleveland, Mississippi, submitted nearly $11 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and more than $2 million to Medicaid while running Cleveland-based Haven Hospice, North Haven Hospice, Lion Hospice and North […]

Federal Bill Would Expand Crackdown on Medicaid Home Health Fraud

Democratic Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont on Tuesday unveiled bipartisan legislation to combat Medicaid fraud and abuse originating outside of institutional health care settings. The bill would build on the authority of state Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) and expand the scope to encompass all Medicaid services including non-institutional settings, such as home health care. […]

Why the Looming AseraCare Decision Could Decimate Hospice Fraud Prosecution

Trends in hospice fraud have authorities on high alert and providers feeling the heat. But a looming, potentially precedent-setting legal case currently in the hands of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals may soon make the prosecution of hospice providers much more difficult to pursue under the False Claims Act (FCA). “[The case] could decimate […]