Both the Federal and state governments have recently stepped up their efforts to address kickbacks and fraud in home health care. Home health care has become more and more prevalent as hospitals shorten patient stays. The home health area is in some ways the Wild West of health care, in that there are many different types and sizes of providers, and unscrupulous fly-by-night agencies try to take advantage of Medicare, Medicaid, and beneficiaries. The OIG alert discusses payment to physicians for Medicare beneficiary referrals and other kickback violations, as well as fraud issues such as medically unnecessary services. Enforcement efforts in this area may be a whack-a-mole situation, but these efforts are worth monitoring.
Should a home health care provider or physician need representation involving government enforcement in this or other areas, the Law Office of Mark L. Josephs is extensively experienced and ready to provide outstanding services.