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NAHC Report: Issue# 2189, 5/6/2013
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OIG Alleges Maryland Submitted $10.9 Million in Non-Compliant Claims for Personal Care Services
NAHC President Shares some of His Favorite Nurses to Kickoff National Nurses’ Week
For Your Information: Voting Begins for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
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OIG Alleges Maryland Submitted $10.9 Million in Non-Compliant Claims for Personal Care Services

In April, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG HHS) released audit findings claiming that Maryland submitted non-compliant claims for personal care services under its home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver. Based on a sample size of one hundred claims, OIG HHS estimated that from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010, Maryland improperly claimed $10,864,195 out of a total amount of $67,248,404 in claims to the federal government.

Of the 100 claims in the sample size, OIG HHS found that 20 claims had errors. In total, there were 24 errors in the sample size, as some claims had multiple errors. Of the 24 errors, fifteen (15) had an unqualified personal care aid, four (4) had an unapproved or missing plan of care, four (4) had unauthorized services, and one (1) had undocumented services. Out of the 15 that had an unqualified personal care aid, eleven (11) did not have a CPR certification, ten (10) did not have a first aid certification, four (4) did not have a criminal background check, and in one (1) the aid performed nursing functions by administering medications but lacked medicine aid certification. OIG HHS also concluded that Maryland lacked sufficient ability to monitor local agencies and to submit solely allowable claims to the federal government.

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Voting Begins for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Voting is now underway for Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program. Of the nearly 28,000 nominations submitted, the publication’s editors selected the top 300 names for the final ballot. Included on the final ballot is NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Voting is open now until June 14, and people can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50% of the outcome; the other 50% will be based on the expert opinions of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare.

The combination of readers' votes and the editors' choices will determine the final ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, which will be published in the Aug. 26 issue.

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NAHC President Shares some of His Favorite Nurses to Kickoff National Nurses’ Week

May 6 – 12 is National Nurses’ Week, an annual celebration of all the hard work and caring support that nurses around the country perform on a daily basis for their patients and their patients’ families.

“Nurses truly are angels of mercy; they make the difference between life and death on a daily basis,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “They operate in that rarified air Michelangelo depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, that millimeter between the hand of God and the hand of man.”

To honor the nation’s nurses during this year’s National Nurses’ Week, Mr. Halamandaris has compiled a list of his favorite nurses from history.

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