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IMPORTANT NEWS FOR HOME HEALTH AGENCIES – In a fact sheet released July 11, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) detailed its annual update to the Medicare rate, as well as its plan for the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and other proposals for calendar year (CY) 2020, which can […]

On June 27th, 2016, a proposed rule was published in the Federal Register that could adversely affect home healthcare agencies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant reductions in Medicare reimbursements for home healthcare agencies. Such reductions would take effect in  2017, totaling $180 million, or about a 1% cut in funding. […]

On July 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it is expanding statewide (and extending for an additional six (6) months), the temporary enrollment moratoria on new Medicare Part B home health agencies (“HHAs”) in Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Michigan.  The statewide expansion also applies to Medicaid and Children’s Health […]

On July 29, 2015 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it is extending the temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations (“HHA”) and part B ambulance suppliers for an additional six months. Section 6401(a) of the Affordable Care Act added section 1866(j)(7) to the […]

On October 3, 2012, the OIG released its Work Plan for the FY of 2013. Throughout the week, we will be posting on various aspects of the Work Plan pertinent to our clients and our readers in the following areas: • Hospitals • Home Health Agencies • Hospices • Evaluation and Management Services • Imaging […]

In a press release issued September 27, 2011, the United States Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the FBI announced that two Miami-area residents pled guilty for their roles in a $25 million home health Medicare fraud scheme. Both defendants pled guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, which […]

On September 1, 2011, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the FBI and the HHS Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) jointly announced that eighteen individuals have been charged in the Eastern District of Michigan for their participation in a series of separate Medicare fraud schemes involving home health and […]

In February, we blogged on the recent changes in home health agency (HHA) accreditation. In April 2010, NGS issued its Medicare Monthly Review, and reiterated the same HHA accreditation and change of ownership provisions. Particularly, the article discusses the requirements a deactivated HHA must meet in order to reactivate its billing privileges. It also discusses […]

Last week, the OIG released it’s Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations that “consolidates significant unimplemented monetary and nonmonetary recommendations addressed to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to provide information to interested parties about outstanding recommendations….” While these have not been implemented, it is something we want our clients and readers to be aware […]

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