OIG Work Plan Update Eyes Telehealth COVID-19 Strategies in Home Care   

Situation Report | January 18, 2021

The U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has updated its Work Plan  

The following impact home care providers:  

  • Telehealth: 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. OIG will report as overpayments any services that were improperly billed and make appropriate recommendations to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) based on the results of its review (expected to be completed in 2022). 
  • COVID-19 Challenges: This nationwide study 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 (to be completed in 2022).