Baucus, Grassley investigate four home-health agencies
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have started an investigation of the operating procedures at four home-health agencies after a news report that suggests the agencies increased the number of home-health visits on purpose to boost reimbursement rates. In their letter to William Borne, CEO of Baton Rouge, La.-based Amedisys; William Yarmuth, chairman, president and CEO of Almost Family in Louisville, Ky.; Tony Strange, president and CEO of Atlantabased Gentiva Health Services; and Keith Myers, president and CEO of LHC Group in Lafayette, La., the two senators highlighted analysis from a Wall Street Journal report that found as the Medicare reimbursement rate for home health changed, companies changed their business practices to receive higher reimbursements. The four agencies each released separate statements about the letter and all said they intend to cooperate with the Senate investigation.