Editor’s Take: Documentary Focuses on Plight of Home Caregivers

Rising minimum wage levels have come to the forefront of American politics this year, with the Fight for $15 per hour taking center stage across numerous industries. Home care workers are one of those industries where on-the-ground activism has led to a big payoff—but only in some areas of the country. For the vast majority […]

Cigna Urges Court to Drop Home Care False Claims Suit

Cigna Corp. has urged an Illinois federal court to drop a ‘flawed’ home care false claims suit, which accuses Addus HomeCare Corp. (NASDAQ: ADUS) and a Cigna subsidiary of bilking the government of millions of dollars by providing Medicare- and Medicaid-covered services to people who didn’t need them. A complaint filed by Stop Illinois Marketing […]

Former Hospice Owner Changes Plea, Admits Fraud

The former leader of a Pittsburgh-area hospice company has pleaded guilty following accusations of using patients who weren’t terminally ill to collect millions of dollars in false Medicare and Medicaid billings. Mary Ann Stewart, a 48-year-old from Carrolltown, Pennsylvania, and ex-COO of Horizons Hospice, was indicted last year on one count of health care fraud and […]

Husband, Wife Get Prison Time in $80 Million Medicaid Fraud Scheme

The husband-and-wife owners of a Washington, D.C.-area home care agency have been sentenced to 17 years combined in prison for participating in an $80 million Medicaid fraud scheme. Florence Bikundi, 53, and her husband, Michael D. Bikundi Sr., 63, both of Mitchellville, Maryland, were sentenced Wednesday for health care fraud, money laundering and other charges […]

Home Health Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in $7 Million Scheme

The owner of a New Jersey home health agency has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in a $7 million scheme to defraud Medicaid. In addition to the prison term administered Tuesday, Irina Krutoyarsky, 62, of Springfield, New Jersey, was sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay […]

‘Worker Bees’ Avoid Jail in $7 Million Home Health Fraud Case

A New Jersey couple has avoided jail time for their involvement in a plan to bill Medicaid millions for home health care services administered by unlicensed aides or not completed at all. Nelson and Sonia Mesa, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, were sentenced to three years of probation last week, and Sonia Mesa additionally received four […]

Home Health Owner Admits Role in $7 Million Fraud

The owner of a Union County, New Jersey home health care agency has acknowledged his involvement in a scheme that bilked Medicaid out of $7 million, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Tuesday. Paul Mil, 66, of Springfield, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, money laundering and […]

50 Home Health Workers Go Without Pay in North Carolina

About 50 home home health workers at an agency in North Carolina are working without compensation because the agency’s owner doesn’t have the cash to pay them. Devon Best, the owner of Hickory, North Carolina-based Best Care Home Health Services, partly blames Medicaid for the payment delay. Speaking with the local ABC television affiliate in […]

Home Care Owners Found Guilty in $80 Million Fraud Scheme

The owners of a Washington, D.C., home care agency have been found guilty of bilking the District of Columbia Medicaid program of more than $80 million. On Nov. 12, a jury found Florence Bikundi, 52, and her husband Michael Bikundi, 63, guilty of a slew of charges, including health care fraud, Medicaid fraud, money laundering […]

Wage Rule Enforcement Begins, Home Care Industry Holds Breath

The Department of Labor could officially begin enforcement of its rule guaranteeing overtime and minimum wage protections for about 2 million home care workers on Friday, but several significant question marks persist when it comes to implementation. From Nov. 12 to the end of the year, the DOL “will exercise prosecutorial discretion in determining whether […]