Medicare Fraud Strike Force Takedown: 90 Individuals Charged; $260 Million in False Billings

On May 13, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the most recent Medicare Fraud Strike Force nationwide takedown resulted in charges filed against 90 individuals related to their alleged involvement in Medicare fraud schemes totaling approximately $260 million in false billings. The takedown was part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint DOJ-HHS initiative aimed a preventing and deterring fraud and… Read More >

CMS Announces Extension of Enrollment Moratoria for Home Health and Ground Ambulance Suppliers and the Inclusion of Four New Metropolitan Areas: Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas and Houston

On January 30, 2014, CMS announced new temporary moratoria on home health agency enrollments in four metropolitan areas: Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas and Houston.  The moratoria will also include enrollments of new ground ambulance suppliers in the greater Philadelphia area.  CMS indicated that it would also be extending the current enrollment moratoria of home health agencies in Chicago and Miami and ground ambulance suppliers in Houston for an additional six-month period.  While no new provider or supplier applications will be… Read More >

Health and Human Services 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released its draft strategic plan. The Strategic Plan is updated every four years and is designed to outline the key issues HHS is working to address. The 2014-2018 Strategic Plan was released in draft form on September 9, 2013 to allow for consultation with Congress and an opportunity for public comments, with the comment period running through October 15, 2013. The Strategic Plan can offer healthcare providers insight into the current… Read More >