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American Association for Homecare Applauds Efforts to Eliminate Fraud in Medicare
Date:4/4/2012

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare reports that most of its 13-point anti-fraud plan that it proposed to Congress early in 2009 has been adopted by Medicare or incorporated into legislation.  The Association continues to urge Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take effective steps to root out waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare and preserve patient access to cost-effective care, including home medical equipment and services (HME), or durable medical equipment.

Medicare spending for home medical equipment and services represents 1.4 percent of total Medicare spending and is growing less than one percent annually, according to CMS.

"As we have stated for many years, the home medical equipment and service sector has zero tolerance for illegal activity," said Tyler J. Wilson, president of the American Association for Homecare. "This is why we proposed to Congress early in 2009 an aggressive, comprehensive 13-point anti-fraud plan.  Most provisions of that plan have been incorporated into legislation and Medicare policy, and the reduction of fraud related to home medical equipment in recent years is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to stopping fraud and abuse in Medicare." 

"We were pleased that the HHS Office of Inspector General testified before Congress in June 2010 that criminals have shifted away from the durable medical equipment sector. We can be thankful that improved Medicare policies, better enforcement of existing laws, and support from our sector have had a positive impact."

Specific Anti-Fraud Measures Proposed by American Association for Homecare, and Status: 

The American Association for Homecare proposed the following 13 specific recommendations:

1.      Mandate Site Inspections for All New HME Providers. A July 2008 GAO report underscore
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