Fraud follows the money. If something is expensive, there is probably someone looking to steal it or profit from it. Given the ever-rising cost of health care, it is hardly surprising that health care fraud is a growing problem and that Medicare and other government health programs are frequent targets. Home health care services are among the priciest services covered by Medicare and, not surprisingly, home health fraud is a major threat to the Medicare system, Medicare beneficiaries, and to all Americans who seek any form of health care and/or all taxpayers. Our home health Medicare fraud law firm partners with the brave, honest individuals who step forward to share knowledge, fight fraud, and return wrongfully obtained money to the government.
The Background: Home Health Services Under Medicare
Medicare covers certain home health services for qualified beneficiaries. Eligible services include intermittent skilling nursing care and a range of additional services like physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Generally, these services are coordinated by a home health agency (“HHA”). Medicare’s home health benefit does not cover meal delivery, round-the-clock care, personal care, or help with cleaning and other homemaker services.