CMS Extends Enrollment Moratoria on Home Health Agencies and Ground Ambulance Suppliers

CMS recently announced in a press release that it will extend the current enrollment moratorium on new ground ambulances in the Houston and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.  The moratorium on new home health agencies in the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Miami will also be extended.  Both extensions will be for a time period of six months.

According to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, the extensions are necessary because of the “significant potential for fraud, waste and abuse” based on a number of factors, including a disproportionate ratio of providers and suppliers relative to beneficiaries in these geographic areas, as well as law enforcement activities indicating fraud and abuse potential.

A full list of the counties affected by the moratoria can be found in the CMS press release.  In the metro Detroit area, the following counties are affected:  Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne.

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