The Federal government is persisting in its efforts to root out healthcare fraud. Press releases have been piling up with news of indictments and convictions of healthcare providers who are being convicted and sentenced to imprisonment, fines and/or settlements well into the tens of millions of dollars.
The following is just one few recent settlements related to home health reported by navigant.com:
Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. (Maxim) agreed to pay a $150 million criminal and civil settlement on charges it defrauded the Federal government of more than $61 million for healthcare services that were never actually provided. Maxim was accused of falsifying employee time sheets, submitting billings for services given at unlicensed offices and modifying documentation of required training and qualifications of caregivers. As part of its settlement, the company will pay $70 million to the Federal government and $60 million to 42 states.
This is why home health agencies need to be vigilant about meeting training compliance requirements more than ever.
CertifiedCare certification is quickly becoming the training program supplement of choice for Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Specialist home health providers. The Personal Care Aide and Home Health Aide certification programs they offer can efficiently supplement in-house training programs so agencies can more easily comply with state laws while still providing care to their clients.
Home health agencies across the United States can use these proprietary programs to supplement their state required training programs. Agencies save time and money by simply requiring that Personal Care Aide and Home Health Aide staff take the programs as a condition of (continued) employment to supplement in-house training programs. This makes it easier for agencies to get the total hours needed for satisfaction of federal and state requirements.
CertifiedCare has an open enrollment policy. Eligible participants are at least 18 years old and can register, study and take exams online at their convenience. PayPal is the exclusive payments provider. This takes agencies off the hook for tuition, unless they choose to reimburse their staff for the costs.
CertifiedCare offers four care giving certification programs: Basic, Advanced Health and Safety, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Specialist and Special Needs.Each program is designed to be completed in 20 hours or less. At the end of each program the student receives a certificate for that level of education and certification if they pass the test.
The entire series of certification programs can be taken for less than $300 and are available 24/7 via the internet.
No more missed work for time off for training!
CertifiedCare is a duly registered testing and certification entity. CertifiedCare offers certification programs that are designed to meet the needs of the home healthcare industry.