The OIG Updates 2021 Work Plan: Includes Home Health Items

The OIG Updates 2021 Work Plan: Includes Home Health Items

The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has posted its updated Active Work Plan for 2021, including two specific items related to the providing of home health (HH) during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE):

  1. Audit of Home Health Services Provided as Telehealth During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency – OIG will evaluate HH services provided during the PHE to determine which types of skilled services were furnished via telehealth, and whether those services were rendered and billed in compliance with Medicare requirements. Overpayments will be reported, and the OIG will make recommendations to CMS based on the results of the review.
  2. Home Health Agencies’ Challenges and Strategies in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic – OIG will investigate the strategies HHAs have implemented to address challenges presented by COVID-19, including how well their emergency preparedness plans served the agency during the pandemic.

Holly Hester

Holly Hester is Casamba’s Senior Vice President of Compliance & Education, as well as the Compliance Officer. She provides regulatory guidance and interpretation, clinical programming and content development, education and training steerage, and compliance support for the company. As a physical therapist for more than 20 years, Holly has multi-venue clinical and management experience, giving her a unique perspective on the integration of compliance and training with therapy service delivery and clinical practice.
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