‘Come Home to Roost’: Lawsuit Filed Against HHS Over Home Health Shortcoming

October 13, 2022

A class action suit has been filed against the Secretary of HHS alleging that they are failing to administer the Medicare home health benefit.

“The actions of CMS and other policy changes have come home to roost,” William Dombi told Home Health Care News. “We have seen a serious deterioration with the scope of services that are ultimately provided under the benefit. The deterioration has not been triggered by home health agencies or them shortchanging what they think patients need. It’s been the Medicare benefit shortchanging people.”

“These beneficiaries qualify for aide services under the law, but they face a pattern of misinformation, denials and underservice by Medicare-certified home health agencies and Medicare contractors,” Judith Stein, founder, and executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, said in a statement. “They can’t wait any longer. Medicare must live up to its promise and ensure that older and disabled adults receive the home health aide services they require and qualify for under law.”

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