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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New York Attorney General Targeting Home Care Agencies

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has issued subpoenas to more than 50 home care agencies as part of his investigation into fraud and abuse in the health care industry.

This news has been splashed on the pages of the major newspapers in New York City and Long Island today, from the New York Post to the New York Times.

The agencies targeted in this investigation will now have to deal with the considerable headache of producing documents to the Attorney General and figuring out as best they can, with the advice of their counsel, if they face any potential legal liability.

But the news also serves as a warning to other healthcare providers. If you bill Medicaid, Medicare and/or are subject to regulation by the New York State Department of Health or other regulatory agency, government authorities, including the New York Attorney General, are increasing scrutinizing your operations to make sure you are complying with the myriad of state and federal statutes and regulations that apply to you.

If you have any questions on whether your entity is in compliance with the pertinent statutes and regulations, please feel free to contact us.

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