OIG opinion: Free home health visits are not kickbacks

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General recently issued an opinion that a home healthcare provider’s policy to offer free introductory visits to patients who have already chosen it as their provider does not violate the federal anti-kickback statute. In its request for an advisory opinion, the home healthcare provider…

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Florida ALFs latest target of Medicaid fraud investigators

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Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), and the patient placement agencies with which they work, have become the latest target of Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) investigators. Recently, these agencies have been conducting interviews with ALF owners, managers and marketing personnel at facilities where they suspect possible kickbacks in violations of the Florida Patient Brokering Statute…

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HME providers take hit following Univita collapse

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Late last month, Univita Health Inc. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The move came shortly after the Miramar-based home health services provider shuttered its doors and terminated its Florida Medicaid contracts. Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) has told providers they must continue to provide services to patients for services that were previously authorized…

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