OIG Urges CMS to Implement Intermediate Sanctions for Noncompliant Home Health Agencies

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (P.L., 100-203; OBRA 1987) provides for intermediate sanctions for home health agencies that are out of compliance with Medicare conditions of participation. On March 2, 2012, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a report that calls attention to the fact that these sanctions have yet to be implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and that urges CMS to make this a high priority. CMS has yet to respond to this report, but it has indicated earlier that it anticipates issuing a proposed rule for alternative sanctions later this year.

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