Posted by Home Health Care News; contributed by Tom Meyer, HHAeXchange
The numbers don’t lie.
After more than 10 years serving in the New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, including as the Acting Inspector General, I can attest firsthand to the unfortunate instances of fraud, waste and abuse that occur with too much regularity in home health care and home care.
Between 2011 and 2015 alone, investigations from the national Office of the Inspector General (OIG) resulted in more than 350 criminal and civil actions and $975 million in receivables. In fact, the OIG estimates more than $10 billion in improper payments in the 2015 fiscal year.
In spite of the numbers that point to the need for improvements, home health and home care play a vital role in the broader healthcare ecosystem, and increasingly, states are relying on managed care organizations (MCOs) to deliver efficient and effective Medicaid programs. For MCOs and state Medicaid programs alike, the balance between preventing fraud and continuing to provide quality care is a delicate one.