Home Health & Hospice

Office of Inspector General Issues 2012 Work Plan

Homecare Insider, October 24, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued their work plan for 2012. Provisions, affecting homecare providers, include:

  • States’ Survey and Certification of Home Health Agencies: Timeliness, Outcomes, Follow-up, and Medicare Oversight
    • New provision
  • Medicare’s Oversight of Home Health Agencies’ Patient Outcome and Assessment Data
  • Missing or Incorrect Patient Outcome and Assessment Data
    •  New provision
  • Questionable Billing Characteristics of Home Health Services
    • New provision
  • Home Health Agency Claims’ Compliance With Coverage and Coding Requirements
  • Medicare Administrative Contractors’ Oversight of Home Health Agency Claims
    • New provision
  • Wage Indexes Used To Calculate Home Health Payments
    • New provision
  • Home Health Prospective Payment System Requirements
  • Home Health Agency Trends in Revenues and Expenses

Homecare providers should read the work plan, including the detailed description of each task, in order to be fully aware of the areas that the OIG will focus on.

Read the work plan in full here.