GOP Questions CMS Anti-Fraud Initiative; Will New Command Center Help?

On July 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of the new Program Integrity Command Center, meant to speed up the process of identifying fraud and stopping criminals from defrauding the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The announcement came shortly after Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), both part […]

Home Health Agencies Helping Seniors to “Bring the Vote Home”

An initiative to help home-bound seniors take part in this year’s elections asks home health agencies to “Bring the Vote Home,” backed by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare and the Council of State Home Care Associations. Caregivers working for agencies in more than a dozen states may be able to reverse the trend of […]

Govt. Inspector Finds 25% of Home Health Agencies Make Inappropriate Medicare Claims

A Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released today finds that one in four Home Health Agencies (HHA) participated in questionable billing activity in 2010. The report, titled Inappropriate and Questionable Billing by Medicare Home Health Agencies, breaks down the $5 million Medicare paid to HHAs for inappropriate health […]

Drop in Home Health Income Drags Gentiva’s Revenues Down 5% in Q2

Home healthcare and hospice provider Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV) saw its net revenues drop 5% to $427.7 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2012, but cost-cutting helped the company beat analysts’ estimate of $435.2 million. The decrease in revenue compared to the second quarter of 2011 was due in part to a […]

NAHC to Medicare: Increase Long-Term In-Home Care Coverage

NAHC to Medicare: Increase Long-Term In-Home Care Coverage Medicare celebrated its 47th birthday Monday and while it seems to be getting enough attention in the political arena, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice took the program’s birthday as an opportunity to offer some suggestions to help keep the Medicare program intact and void […]

Home Care Advocates Cite 15 Problems with Medicare Audits

Better oversight, established standards, and a higher level of accountability expected from organizations could reduce fraud and abuse in the Medicare audit system according to recommendations made by independent providers in the health care industry.  A white paper written in response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance’s request for comments to aid in fraud […]

Government Joins Forces with Public to Find, Stamp Out Medicare Fraudsters

The home health care industry has seen an enormous amount of Medicare fraud in the past few years, and it may see some more bad apples exposed—and shut down—in upcoming months thanks to a public-private partnership between government and public organizations that’s sending a strong message to would-be fraudsters: We will find you, and we […]

New Alliances Between Home Care Industry & Hospitals Crucial as Boomers Age

America’s headed toward a “geritocracy,” says a home health care association regarding the aging of the massive boomer generation, and health care reform initiatives could forge “crucial” alliances between the home health care industry and hospitals to continue a substantial growth trajectory.  The Northwest Herald reports: [The] National Association for Home Care & Hospice has […]