Tag: fraud

MyPayrollHR suddenly closes, home care providers and employees feel the effects

A payroll company in upstate New York suddenly shuttered in September, leaving some home care companies and their staff scrambling, according to an article from Spectrum News. The company, MyPayrollHR, had 4,000 clients, among them home care company Visiting Angels. When the payroll company shut down, a financial services company that worked with MyPayrollHR started […]

Medicare improperly covered ambulance rides from hospitals to SNFs

The OIG reports that Medicare improperly paid $1.9 million to ambulance providers for transport from hospitals to SNFs from 2014 to 2016. As a result of this former study, the OIG released an updated report on September 11 regarding hospital-to-SNF transfer billing practices. The OIG audited 99 ambulance providers from 2015 to 2017 and found […]

Patient recruiter found guilty in $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme

A patient recruiter was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks and three counts of receipt of health care kickbacks, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Between 2009 and 2017, Dominic Trumbo, 45, of Lexington, Ky., owner of Trumbo Consulting Agency, participated in an illegal kickback […]

OIG recommends changes for home health, hospice, personal care services to reduce fraud

In a July report, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) revisited its top 25 unimplemented recommendations for reducing fraud, waste and abuse. Several of the recommendations involve home health, hospice or personal care services. The OIG recommends the implementation of a statutory mandate requiring surety bonds for home health […]

Hospice owner found guilty for fraud of $12m

A former Mississippi hospice owner Charline Brandon has pleaded guilty to making fraudulent hospice claims. Brandon acknowledged submitting nearly $12 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and nearly $3 million to Medicaid while she was running Haven Hospice, North Haven Hospice, Lion Hospice and North Lion Hospice. A 2017 indictment alleged she was engaged in […]

Justice Department announces expansion of Medicare Fraud Strike Force

From Home Health Line. The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced the formation of a 10th area where regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force Teams will operate: New Jersey/Philadelphia. The team will focus on health care fraud and illegal opioid prescriptions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. “The devastation the opioid epidemic is […]

Post Acute Medical to pay anti-kickback fines

Post Acute Medical, LLC, (PAM) a Pennsylvania-based operator of long-term care and rehab nationwide, has agreed to pay the United States, Texas, and Louisianaafter violating the False Claims Act. PAM’s conduct allegedly resulted in false claims to Medicare as well as certain Medicaid programs. The latter are jointly funded by both the federal and state […]

VA, HHS announce partnership to strengthen prevention of fraud, waste and abuse efforts

On January 23, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and HHS announced a partnership to share data, data analytics tools, and best practices for identifying and preventing fraud, waste and abuse. This newest partnership enhances ongoing efforts between the country’s two largest public-private health-care payment organizations to help America’s veterans by leveraging the gains […]

CMS cutting-edge technology identifies & prevents $820 million in improper Medicare payments in first three years

After three years of operations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that the agency’s advanced analytics system, called the Fraud Prevention System, identified or prevented $820 million in inappropriate payments in the program’s first three years. The Fraud Prevention System uses predictive analytics to identify troublesome billing patterns and outlier claims for […]