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Home health agency to pay $2.1 million in DOJ settlement

A home health agency has paid $2.1 million to settle claims of improper billing for services provided to patients in Florida, according to an announcement May 5, 2022, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Kentucky, where the agency is headquartered. According to a complaint filed in the United States District Court […]

Services provided errors lead to change in April refresh

For the April 2022 refresh of the Care Compare webpage, CMS will re-publish home health agency services provided data from the January 2022 refresh, according to a CMS alert March 31, 2022. This will give CMS time to correct issues in the April 2022 Provider Preview Reports that caused the provider services info to be […]

CMS alerts agencies to services display error

Agencies will want to review the services provided values on their preview reports ahead of the April 2022 refresh of Care Compare. CMS sent an alert to provides March 16, 2022, regarding an “iQIES system nuance” that may affect the Services Provided values that are displayed on the preview reports. CMS is asking each agency […]

Consider these 4 tips to bolster your agency’s caregiver recruitment efforts

Turnover for private duty caregivers is an ongoing challenge in the industry, and it’s only getting worse. Consider the following tips to help address turnover at your own agency: 1. Focus on compelling job post headlines. A powerful headline can be the difference between a job candidate scrolling past your agency’s post and following through […]

Employee vaccine status not a HIPAA issue, but other rules still apply

A home health agency is allowed to ask whether its employees are vaccinated. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided this guidance, particularly singling out home health agencies as an example, in a broader Q&A on employee vaccination status and HIPAA guardrails, released September 30. The HHS guidance notes that the HIPAA privacy […]

CMS updates guidance on certain NOA reporting

On Sept. 10, 2021, CMS provided updated guidance on certain claims as agencies transition from the monthly RAP to a one-time Notice of Admission (NOA) in 2022. As previously noted by CMS, for beneficiaries receiving home health services in 2021 whose services will continue in 2022, the agency will need to submit a one-time, artificial […]

CMS preparing to test shorter, online HHCAHPS

Plans to test a shorter, web-based version of the Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) survey are expected to be published in the Federal Registry on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. CMS wants to test the response rates and scores of a web-based mode for the survey, with hopes of adding it to the mail and telephone […]

Home health agency settles overtime complaint for $85,000

A western Massachusetts home health agency will pay more than $85,000, including $77,000 in restitution to 79 employees, to settles allegations that the company failed to pay workers for travel time, according to a June 14 news release from Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey. The AG’s office issued two citations against Compassionate Healthcare Systems LLC […]

Agency to pay $140,000 after overtime lawsuit from DOL

A Pennsylvania home health agency will pay $66,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 98 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor noted a failure to pay overtime wages, including payment for ancillary work and work-related travel, according to a DOL news […]

OSHA Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Higher-Risk Workplaces Amid Pandemic

On March 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a national emphasis program (NEP) to focus its enforcement efforts on preventing employees from contracting COVID-19 and protecting those who report unsafe working conditions. In general, an NEP is a method by which OSHA temporarily focuses its resources on a specific danger or […]