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Physician Conviction for Accepting Home Health Care Referral Kickbacks Affirmed by Appeals Court

Chicago based physician Dr. Kamal Patel was convicted in February 2014 for receiving kickbacks from a Medicare participating home health agency that paid him for each certification and recertification the physician signed. On February 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the conviction. The case is United States of America vs. Kamal Patel, No. 14-2607.

Usually, NAHC Report does not include articles about fraud convictions because the conduct involved in those convictions, such as billing for services never rendered, is so obviously illegal. This conviction is different in that while most veterans in home health care would see the conduct as a clear violation of the antikickback laws, here the physician somehow believed otherwise. The facts are very simple: Dr. Patel received $400 for every signed certification and $300 for every signed recertification. Dr. Patel claimed as his defense that he did not “refer” the patients to the home health agency as the patients made that choice.  The Court of Appeals disagreed, concluding that Patel violated the antikickback law by signing the 485 plan of care and certifications, an act the court determined was the equivalent of a referral. 

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CMS Seeking Volunteers to Complete Brief Survey of Voluntary Survey of LTPAC Providers’ Use of Technology

CMS recently sent a notice to its listservs asking Long-term and Post-Acute Providers to participate in a voluntary survey to help CMS understand the role technology is playing in the delivery of health care services in these settings. 

This survey will help CMS identify the benefits and challenges providers encounter when participating in CMS programs that promote health care interoperability.

Recently, NAHC’s affiliate, the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA), helped to develop formal comments for the Long Term and Post Acute Care Health IT Collaborative in response to the Federal Government’s Health IT strategy for 2015 – 2020. HCTAA is a member of the organization, and served to make sure that the home care and hospice community’s voice was reflected in the comments that were ultimately submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Capitalizing on the Private Duty Revolution

Demography will determine the destiny of private duty home care in the next three decades. As the 78 million baby boomers reach their retirement years, most of them will want to age at home — and there will be a booming market for both the medical and nonmedical support private pay home care provides. How can private pay agencies meet the enormous demand in store? And how can they work together to ensure the future of their field? Get the answers from our experts as they show how the graying of our country can be a golden opportunity for you. A revolution in home care is brewing that could mean more revenues for private pay.

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