The Senate Finance Committee is investigating whether four for-profit home-health companies purposely increased high-paying home health visits specifically to receive increased Medicare reimbursements.  The companies at issue are Amedisys, LHC roup Inc., Gentiva Health Services Inc., and Almost Family Inc.

Letters sent to the home health companies state that the companies appear to have intentionally increased their utilizations patterns for therapy visits when Medicare increased reimbursements for such services.  They also voiced concerns over marketing materials that encouraged seniors to take advantage of Medicare-reimbursed services.

When a company makes claims for Medicare reimbursement to which it is not entitled, it violated the False Claims Act.

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