Compliance News Roundup: Blood Draws and Travel Allowance

1. Columbus Home Health Care Provider Sentenced for Fraud COLUMBUS, Ohio – “The co-owner of Alpha Star Health Care Inc. was sentenced today in federal court to 18 months in prison for running home health care fraud and tax fraud schemes.” Get the full scoop >>

2. Deeper Than the Headlines: Blood Draws and Travel Allowance – Does your organization perform blood draws for laboratory tests? Do your lab technicians who draw blood ever need to travel to obtain the specimen from the patient? For example, the patient might be a nursing home patient or homebound and the technician travels to the patient for the blood draw. Well, under some circumstances, CMS will pay a specimen collection fee and payment of a travel allowance to get to the patient. Find out how this may or may not affect you in this week’s deeper than the headlines. Get the full scoop >>

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