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Feds cite Medicare fraud as reason to continue moratorium on South Florida home health agencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today new, temporary moratoria on the enrollment of home health agencies in four metropolitan areas, including Fort Lauderdale. CMS is also extending for six-months the current enrollment moratoria of home health agencies in Miami.

CMS implemented its first home health agency moratorium in July, 2013, barring new agencies from enrolling in its Medicare and Medicaid programs for a six month period in Miami and other areas considered at high risk for fraud. Miami was also singled out because of its unusually high number of home health agencies relative to beneficiaries. 

As in the first moratoria, the second wave will allow existing providers and suppliers to continue providing services as usual, banning only new enrollments. Under the Affordable Care Act, CMS has the option to continue the moratoria at the end of the six month period if deemed necessary.   



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