Hospice Programs Require “Robust and Comprehensive” Compliance Efforts

February 22, 2012 | Risk Management News

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If they have not done so already, hospice providers must build a “robust and comprehensive” compliance program, says the first of two reports on the Medicare compliance environment and its implications for hospice providers. The federal government’s “newly energized efforts” to identify fraud and abuse by Medicare and Medicaid providers include hospice providers, notes an article in the February 2012 issue of Home Healthcare Nurse. The article is the first of a two-part series on hospice compliance initiatives. Each year when the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) publishes its work plan identifying areas where it will focus to identify provider fraud and abuse, hospice programs typically have three to four areas of note. One of OIG’s target areas for hospice programs in 2012 is to review hospices’ financial relationships with nursing facilities.

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