HHS to fight home health agency fraud

July 23, 2007

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

HHS secretary Michael Leavitt announced an initiative designed to protect Medicare beneficiaries from fraudulent Home Health Agency (HHA) providers. The two-year project will focus on preventing deceptive providers from operating in the greater Los Angeles and Houston areas. "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," said Leavitt. In early July CMS announced new demonstration projects in southern Florida and southern California designed to prevent fraud.

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