OIG Sets Guidelines for Hospitals Referring to Home Health Providers

Posted Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently drafted compliance guidance for hospitals referring to home health providers.   OIG requires hospitals to share a list of Medicare-certified home health providers that serves the patient’s geographic area.

“I think [OIG’s guidance] is very consistent with this,” private-practice attorney Elizabeth E. Hogue told Home Health Care News. “CMS has said there’s information that patients and their families have to get immediately when they request it, related to discharge planning and care. I think that’s exactly what OIG would like to see — as much information as possible given to patients and their would-be caregivers, so they can make good decisions.”

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