OIG to Audit Telehealth By Home Health Agencies

Situation Report | February 8, 2021

The Office of Inspector General has updated its Work Plan to include “Audits of Home Health Services Provided as Telehealth During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.” 

OIG will evaluate home health services provided by agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency to determine which types of skilled services were furnished via telehealth, and whether those services were administered and billed in accordance with Medicare requirements. It will report as overpayments any services that were improperly billed.

Study on home health challenges and strategies in the pandemic

The Work Plan also includes a nationwide study that will provide insights into the strategies home health agencies have used to address the challenges presented by COVID-19, including how well their emergency preparedness plans served them during the COVID-19 pandemic.