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Medicare
11 hours ago   (0 Comments - view/add)
OIG Announces New Areas of Inquiry in Home Health as Part of Ongoing Work Plan Updates »
Historically the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has conducted numerous inqu...
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New Home Health PEPPER Released and Share Your PEPPER Success Story »
A new release of the Home Health Agency (HHA) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), with sta...
11 hours ago   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Official Sidesteps Offer For New Tools To Combat Medicare Improper Pay »
By Michelle M. Stein, Inside Health Policy   House Ways & Means Republicans asked the Centers for Medicare...
11 hours ago   (0 Comments - view/add)
Regulatory Guidance: Claims Denials/OASIS Submission »
Whenever an OASIS is resubmitted it changes the submission date. Therefore an assessment that requires correction could be...
Thursday, July 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Congress Must Hear from You on Face-to-Face Legislation »
U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Kenny Marchant (R-TX) introduced the Home Health Documentation and Progra...

Private Duty
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
CMS Issues Memo to States with Implementation Plans for Emergency Preparedness Rules »
On October 28, 2016, the Director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Survey and Certification Grou...
Thursday, October 20, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Department of Labor is Actively Enforcing the “Kickback” Rule »
The Department of Labor is Actively Enforcing the “Kickback” Rule   Another article, brought to us by S...
Friday, September 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Part 3 - Violence Against Homecare Field Staff: What to Do »
Homecare field staff members who provide services on behalf of private duty agencies, hospices, Medicare-certified home he...
Thursday, September 1, 2016   (1 Comment - view/add)
The Higher Minimum Wage Debate – Will It Work In All Industries? »
It’s been a hotly contested topic lately, raising the federal minimum wage.   Low-paid workers are crying for a “mor...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Part 2: Violence Against Home Care Field Staff »
Homecare field staff members who provide services on behalf of private duty agencies, hospices, Medicare-certified home he...

Fraud
Friday, May 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Fraud and Abuse in Personal Care Services Draws the Ire of Congress »
Lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony on Tuesday, May 2, about waste, fraud and abuse in th...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Rx Drugs, Home Health Lead Government’s Anti-Fraud Agenda »
Prescription drugs and home health services are the top two anti-fraud priorities for the government, due to high spending...
Thursday, December 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Hernando Sun: Home Health Care Worker Steals Credit Card and Jewelry From Client »
Hernando County Sheriff's detectives met with Beth Stocke at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Ms. Stocke reporte...
Thursday, June 18, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert on Physician Compensation Arrangements »
On June 9, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the primary en...
Friday, November 7, 2014
Owner of 2 Miami Home Health Companies Sentenced to 80 Months in Prison for $74m in Fraud »
HCAF strongly condemns healthcare fraud and supports the removal of bad actors from the home health industry.   ...

Home Care In The News
Wednesday, May 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicare Moratorium on New Providers Might Punish Innocent »
The expansion of an anti-fraud initiative that blocks new ambulance and home health providers from enrolling in Medicare i...
Wednesday, November 11, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Study Finds Decreased Risk of Hospitalization for Patients Who Receive Care from Nurse Practitioners »
According to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualit...
Wednesday, October 21, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Palm Beach County Passes Home Caregiver Ordinance: Get The Facts »
On October 20 th , The Palm Beach County Commissioners unanimously passed a new Home Caregiver Ordinance. Our HCAF Gove...
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
GAO: 12 Million Seniors Not Receiving Needed Home-Based Care »
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported this month that an estimated 75 percent of seniors who likely nee...
Friday, April 10, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Reducing Hospital Readmissions: What About Caregiver Support? »
By Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.   If home care providers think they have heard a lot about reducing hospital...

Medicaid
Friday, July 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicaid Changes Could Cause Widespread Job Loss in Home Care »
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration in U.S. Congress could lead to the elimination of as many as 713,0...
Friday, May 12, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Gives States Until 2022 To Meet Medicaid Standards Of Care »
The federal government has granted states three additional years to deliver care to Medicaid enrollees in home and com...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Per Capita Caps Would Raise Medicare Costs and Harm Home Care »
Medicaid per-capita caps would raise Medicare costs for the 11 million people covered by both programs and halt progress m...
Monday, February 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
GAO: CMS Needs More Oversight of Medicaid LTSS Payment Rates »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should require all states to report on the progress they have made to...
Friday, December 16, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
AHCA Medicaid Managed Care Presentation Discusses Home Care's Role »
The Florida Legislature convened this week for committee meetings in advance of the 2017 legislative session. Before healt...

HCAF In The News
Thursday, April 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Pauses Pre-Claim Demo for Now; Leaders Wonder What Future Holds »
By Josh Poltilove, Home Health Line Just one day before the pre-claim review demo was set to expand to include Florid...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
With No Delay in Sight, Florida Agencies Brace for Pre-Claim »
Despite major pushback from the home health care industry, the controversial Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) is set...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
[Updated] Pre-Claim Paused in Illinois, Delayed in Florida »
One day before the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) was set to begin in Florida, the program has been put on pause, t...
Tuesday, March 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Medicare Program Puts Government Between Doctor, Patient »
Exclusive to the Orlando Sentinel   In its ongoing effort to reduce health-care costs and improve program in...
Friday, March 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Florida Congressional Delegation Calls on Feds to Delay Burdensome Medicare Demonstration »
Tallahassee, FL (March 1, 2017) –– Led by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D), Florida's congressional delegation this week calle...

General
10 hours ago   (0 Comments - view/add)
Why Nurses and Therapists Get Out of Bed for Much Less Than $10,000 a Day »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Linda Evangelista, a "supermodel," once stated that she did not get out of bed for less than $...
Monday, July 17, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
How to Get More Referrals and Increase Market Share: Arrangements with Ambulatory Surgical Centers »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Outpatient surgeries, including joint replacements, have outstripped inpatient surgeries over t...
Thursday, July 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Hawaii Becomes First State To Pay Caregivers »
The state of Hawaii will give eligible families $70 a day to help pay for home care services for a family member after Gov...
Friday, July 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
AT LAST! CMS Says Providers Are Not Required To Put Plans of Correction on Forms »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. At last! On June 16, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued New G...
Friday, June 30, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Nurses Matter! »
By Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. Dr. Walter Lawrence, Jr., is ninety years old and still seeing patients twice a week at the Mc...

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