OIG Focus Areas include Pandemic Related Home Health Activities

Posted Monday, March 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts to the Home Health and Hospice industries were significant in 2020, resulting in the rapid modification and adoption of alternative service delivery options to the patient population. The OIG is tightening their focus in multiple areas specific to how agencies modified their service approach, types of services provided, and other areas such as the level of preparedness and the impact (or lack thereof). They recently announced they have expanded their telehealth audit to assess the use of these services during the pandemic, specifically to determine which types of services were furnished and the compliance related to billing for these services to Medicare; their final report will be issued in 2022. For more information, please see the OIG workplan summary located here.

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