Former Amedisys Exec Admits to $7.6 Million Fake Tax Credit

A former executive of Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), one of the nation’s largest home health providers, has admitted to charges that he defrauded the company of more than $7.6 million. David Michael Pitts, 41, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of wire fraud. Pitts was the vice president of tax for Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys […]

Editor’s Picks: The Older Americans Reauthorization Act

“Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”  This week, music lovers mourned the loss of Prince, but we kept you up to date on the latest happenings in the home health world. Our readers were interested in what MedPAC had to say about moving closer to a single […]

Jury Finds Doctor Guilty in Largest-Ever Home Health Care Fraud

A Dallas physician and three home health agency owners have been found guilty of committing the nation’s largest home health care fraud involving a single doctor. Jacques Roy, a 58-year-old physician from Rockwall, Texas, and three owners of Texas home health agencies—Cynthia Stiger of Dallas, Wilbert James Veasey, Jr. of Dallas and Charity Eleda of Rowlett—were found […]

Home Health Owner Admits Role in $4 Million Fraud

The former owner and operator of a home health agency in the Detroit area has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme that defrauded the government of $4 million in Medicare payments. Sentencing for 49-year-old Naseem Minhas is scheduled for Sept. 6, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. Minhas was owner and operator of […]

Political Donors Plead Guilty in $33 Million Medicare Fraud

Five major political donors pleaded guilty for their roles in a $33 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved home health and hospice companies in the Detroit area, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. The group included two physicians and three owners of Detroit-based home and hospice care companies, including A Plus Hospice and Palliative Care, At […]

American Hospice Management Goes Bankrupt

American Hospice Management Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection amid “severe financial stress,” leaving the hospice care provider six weeks to sell its business. Already, Hospice Partners of America made a “stalking horse” bid to acquire American Hospice’s operations in Virginia and Texas, leaving operations in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and Oklahoma up for […]

Florida Home Health Owner Convicted in $57 Million Fraud Scheme

The owner and manager of three Miami, Florida-area home health agencies was convicted late last week for his role in a $57 million fraud scheme that involved submitting false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, the United States Department of Justice announced. Khaled Elbeblawy, 39, of Miramar, Florida, was convicted of one federal count of conspiracy […]

Kindred to Pay $125 Million Settlement in Therapy Overbilling Case

Kindred Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: KND) has agreed to a $125 million settlement with the United States Department of Justice over an investigation into a therapy services company it acquired in 2011. Kindred is the largest provider of post-acute services in the country, and following a 2014 acquisition, became the largest home health provider. RehabCare Group Inc., […]

DOL to Delay Home Care Wage Rule Enforcement

A rule that makes nearly 2 million home care workers eligible for minimum wage and overtime protections won’t be enforced until 30 days after a federal appeals court mandates compliance, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday. Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Aug. 21 that the […]