Home Care Company to Pay $5 Million Over Doc Assessments

To resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false home health care billings to Medicare and Medicaid, ResCare Iowa Inc. has agreed to settle for $5.63 million, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week. The disputed billings mainly related to the requirement that doctors conduct face-to-face assessments of potential home health patients, […]

HME Hiring on the Rise, but Wages Down for Execs

Home medical equipment companies have slightly increased hiring and most are giving their employees raises, according to a recent survey conducted by HomeCare magazine. The results of the reader poll largely were in line with past years, but there was an uptick in the number of companies that added staff. This had hovered around 50% […]

Ohio Gov. Sets Plans to Crack Down on Home Care Fraud

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is taking a bold new step in combating fraud in the home care industry: phasing out up to 13,000 independent providers who bill Medicaid for in-home care, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The proposal, part of Kasich’s budget plan, aims to phase out thousands of providers over a four-year period through […]

CareCentrix, Horizon Deal Highlights Growing Stature of Home Care

Home care company CareCentrix on Wednesday announced an agreement with the largest health insurer in New Jersey, providing a high-profile example of how home-based care is gaining importance for payers. Under the five-year agreement, Connecticut-based CareCentrix will manage and deliver transitional care and home health—including infusion services and durable medical equipment—to members of Horizon Blue […]

CareSouth Launches Massive Rebranding Efforts

CareSouth Health System, Inc., a national senior care services provider based in Augusta, Ga., has announced the launch of a comprehensive rebrand that will emphasize its client-centric approach. The company will begin the national rebranding of its CareSouth agencies across all CareSouth-branded business lines, including CareSouth Home Health, CareSouth Hospice, CareSouth Private Duty and CS […]

Addus HomeCare Expands Ohio Presence Through Latest Acquisition

Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS), a provider of home and community-based services, announced this week it has acquired Priority Home Health Care, Inc., effective Jan. 1.  Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Priority Home Health Care operates six offices in the Cleveland, Akron and Columbus areas, which are expected to produce revenues of approximately $11 million for […]

Federal Court Gives Go-Ahead for Face-to-Face Lawsuit

A federal court has ruled in favor of a lawsuit moving forward that works for retroactive effect and pay around a face-to-face the home health industry has long been fighting. The face-to-face rule, which was scheduled to take effect January 1 and would require specific physician participation for qualifying home health Medicare claims, was reversed in […]

Fraudsters Plead Guilty in $56 Million Medicare Home Health Scheme

The “mastermind” behind a Medicare fraud scheme and an accomplice pleaded guilty this week to their participation in the fraud, which involved the use of health agencies to bilk the government out of $56 million.  Under the scheme, Mark Morad of Slidell, Louisana and Dr. Divini Lucciono of Kenner, Louisiana, allegedly worked together through multiple […]

Home Health Leaders Back Congress’ New Budget Deal

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health providers, has commended Congress for passing a budget package that calls for further analysis of face-to-face regulations and broad funding cuts to the Medicare home health benefit.  Included in the legislation is language that requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to […]

Retirement Challenge at Forefront as 52% of Americans Lack Enough Savings

Retirement shortfalls are a major problem in the U.S., as new data shows that more than half of today’s households lack enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living, according to a December report by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College.  Recently, other reports have detailed the lack of sufficient retirement savings in 49 […]