HHS Fights Home Health Agency Fraud

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Home Health Agency Fraud

HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt announced an initiative designed to protect Medicare beneficiaries from fraudulent Home Health Agency (HHA) providers.

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This two-year project will focus on preventing deceptive providers from operating in the greater Los Angeles and Houston areas.

"HHS is working to protect the public from fraud by stopping it before it happens," Secretary Leavitt said. "Our joint effort with the Department of Justice shows that we have zero tolerance for those who would prey on the system. This demonstration project works to bar unlawful Home Health Agencies from entering the Medicare billing system."

In May, HHS and the Department of Justice announced the establishment of a multi-agency team of federal, state and local investigators designed specifically to combat Medicare fraud through the use of real-time analysis of Medicare billing. The HHA project follows the announcement of a demonstration project targeting another high-risk industry, fraudulent billing by suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) in South Florida and Los Angeles. The HHA demonstration is being implemented in the greater Los Angeles and Houston areas, which have shown a high frequency of home health care fraud.

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