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Welcome to the Florida Home Bound Blog. This section of our website is specially designed to keep Home Care professionals updated on changes that are occurring in this industry. Click here if you want to submit any updates you find. Your contribution to our blog and/or suggestion is greatly appreciated.

 


The Montana Patient Safety Act Waiting to be Signed into Action

Source: www.kfbb.com

Updated: 04/12/11

House Bill 83, The Montana Patient Safety Act, has passed the House and the Senate and is now on the Governor’s desk waiting to be signed. The bill was introduced by Attorney General Steve Bullock and Representative Tom Berry. It comes after years of research into how to solve the prescription drug abuse problem. The bill will create a statewide prescription drug registry to curb abuse. Only controlled substances must be registered. Those include Ritalin, OxyCotin, and a list of others.

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Compendium of Unimplemented Office of Inspector General

Source: www.cms.gov

Updated: 03/29/11

The Compendium consolidates significant1 unimplemented monetary and nonmonetary recommendations addressed to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to provide information to interested parties about outstanding recommendations that, if implemented, have the potential to result in cost savings and improvements to program efficiency and effectiveness. These recommendations resulted from our audits and evaluations that were performed pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, as
amended. Our recommendations require one of, or a combination of, three types of actions: legislative, regulatory, or administrative. Some issues involve more than one type of action.

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OIG Provides Physician Education Materials for Avoiding Fraud and Abuse

Source: hcaf.wordpress.com

Updated: 02/14/11

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has created the educational materials listed below to assist in teaching physicians about the Federal laws designed to protect the Medicare and Medicaid programs and program beneficiaries from fraud, waste, and abuse.

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HSS Targets Home Health Profitability, Hospice Care in Nursing Homes as Compliance Priorities for Fiscal Year 2011

Source: www.munsch.com

Updated: 12/27/10

With the onset of Fall comes cooler temperatures, changing leaves and new compliance targets from the Federal government. At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) fraud and abuse prevention arm, the Office of Inspector (OIG), issues its annual Work Plan that sets out what the OIG has determined to be high risk areas on which it will focus its investigative, enforcement, and compliance efforts. This year’s Work Plan has several provisions relating to home health agencies (HHAs) and hospice providers. The following is not an all-inclusive list, but gives the industry a feel for what the OIG will be focusing on in the year to come. The Work Plan can be viewed in its entirety on the OIG’s website.

he payment methodology should be adjusted. The OIG will also examine various trends, including profitability trends in Medicare and overall profitability trends for freestanding and hospital-based HHAs.
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More Information (click the links below)

OIG Compliance Plan for 2011