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Selected news for MassHealth, representing 2% of data collected since 10/2017. Recent stories appear in Home Health Care News and PR Newswire. This payer organization shares news with Medicaid, Charlie Baker, COVID-19, Mental Health and dozens of others.

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1/1/2021 Baker signs health care bill into law that codifies changes made amid pandemic wpri.com ... health care Expanding Scope of Practice for Advanced Practice Nurses and Optometrists Increasing disclosures around provider costs and network status to protect consumers from surprise medical bills Removing barriers to urgent care centers for MassHealth members Extending insurance coverage and access to COVID-19 testing and treatment Directing a study and report of the impacts of COVID-19 on the health care system“Massachusetts has long been a leader in ...
1/1/2021 Baker signs new law that increases insurance coverage for telehealth services, COVID-19 testing and treatment – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News whdh.com ... health care Expanding Scope of Practice for Advanced Practice Nurses and Optometrists Increasing disclosures around provider costs and network status to protect consumers from surprise medical bills Removing barriers to urgent care centers for MassHealth members Extending insurance coverage and access to COVID-19 testing and treatment Directing a study and report of the impacts of COVID-19 on the health care systemIn a statement, Baker said, “Massachusetts has ...
12/29/2020 New bill calls for insurers to cover asymptomatic COVID-19 tests – InsuranceNewsNet insurancenewsnet.com ... to the general public everyday through their work," Peake said in a statement."This amendment will allow people — even asymptomatic people — to get tested and have the cost covered by insurance, including MassHealth ," Peake said.The Act Promoting A Resilient Health Care System That Puts Patients First passed the state House of Representatives ...
12/22/2020 Study Finds Permanent Supportive Housing Reduces MassHealth Costs For People Who Were Homeless | WBUR News wbur.org Study Finds Permanent Supportive Housing Reduces MassHealth Costs For People Who Were Homeless December 22, 2020 Twitter Ed Alger stands in the doorway of the building he moved into recently, which is operated by Father Bill's & MainSpring. The six previously homeless men living in the Brockton property will get on-site support services. (Jesse Costa/WBUR) Providing permanent housing with support services to people who've been chronically homeless reduces health ...
12/22/2020 Massachusetts home health agency to pay $10B to settle false claims charges Becker's Hospital Review ... release from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.Maestro-Connections Health Systems, based in Lawrence, Mass., and its CEO George Kiongera were accused of violating the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims to MassHealth for home health services that were not authorized by a physician.The false billing occurred from January 2014 to August 2019, the attorney general said."The submission of false claims to the MassHealth program drains ...
12/22/2020 Former medical director of Suboxone manufacturer Indivior sentenced in connection with drug safety claims news-expressky.com ... plea to causing the introduction into interstate commerce of misbranded drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Baxter admitted that he failed to prevent Indivior from sending false and misleading information to MassHealth related to the relative safety of Suboxone Film, a version of Suboxone, around children, the statement said.“In this administration, the Department of Justice has augmented its important and ongoing drug enforcement efforts with a ...
12/20/2020 Massachusetts Home Health Agency Settles Improper Billing Allegations for $10M Home Health Care News ... for example, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office reached a $10 million settlement with a Lawrence-based home health care company and its owner to resolve allegations that they falsely billed MassHealth for unauthorized services. AdvertisementUnder the terms of the settlement, Maestro-Connections Health Systems LLC and its CEO will pay $10 million to resolve allegations that — from January 2014 through August 2019 — the ...
12/18/2020 Mass Attorney General Secures $10 Million From Home Care Company That Falsely Billed framinghamsource.com ... company and its owner to resolve allegations that they falsely billed the state’s Medicaid Program (MassHealth) for unauthorized services.Since 2016, the AG’s Office has returned more than $40 million to the MassHealth program by going after fraud in the home health industry.Pursuant to a settlement agreement with the AG’s Office, Maestro-Connections Health Systems, LLC (Maestro) and CEO George Kiongera will pay $10 million to ...
12/18/2020 Home health company with office in Holyoke agrees to pay $10M for alleged billing fraud gazettenet.com ... In addition to its office at 111 Lyman St. in Holyoke, Healey’s office noted that the company also has offices in Lawrence, Auburn, Athol, Framingham, Taunton and Lynn.“Companies like Maestro that defraud MassHealth take vital resources away from the program and the people who need them most,” Healey said in a statement.An employee at Maestro’s corporate office in Lawrence said Kiongera was not in the ...
12/16/2020 8 dentists who faced billing fraud charges in 2020 beckersdental.com ... Dentistry, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud, saying he submitted false claims and claims for unnecessary treatment to Kentucky Medicaid for reimbursement. Anthony DiStefano III, DDS, and Scott Cale, DDS , were indicted for allegedly defrauding MassHealth , the Massachusetts Medicaid program. Seth Lookhart, DMD , an Alaska dentist who extracted a patient's tooth while on a hoverboard, received a 12-year prison sentence for dozens of charges, some of which were for Medicaid ...
12/14/2020 Tableau/Cognos Report Developer - Indeed USA indeedusa.net ... to have recent experience from these areas. Direct Client: EOHHS (State of MA) Title: Tableau/Cognos Report DeveloperDuration: 6 Months with a possible extensionNO H1BTele/Skype InterviewClient Job Description The MassHealth Data Warehouse Team (MHDW) supports MassHealth organizational data exchange, storage, transformation, access, query, technology, and reporting needs. The MHDW teams include: Business Analytics, Operations, Data Quality, Informatics, Federal Reporting, Business Intelligence, and Project Management Office ...
12/12/2020 Fitchburg Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Public Funds thisweekinworcester.com ... December 11.Bernal was arrested and charges in July 2019. Sentencing is scheduled for April 5, 2021.According to US Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office, Bernal stole $71,462 in Social Security benefits, $6,444 in MassHealth benefits and $13,505 in SNAP benefits over a period of eight years.In February 2015, Bernal falsely informed the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance that she was the only person in her household when, in ...
12/12/2020 Fitchburg Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security, MassHealth and Food Stamp Fraud MA justice.gov District of Massachusetts Fitchburg Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security, MassHealth and Food Stamp Fraud BOSTON – A Fitchburg woman pleaded guilty today to fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits, MassHealth and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.Rhonda Bernal, 62, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of public funds and two counts of making false statements. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for April 5 ...
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The final budget that Baker signed is $45.9 billion, representing growth of 4.5 percent over fiscal 2020. Much of the additional spending is driven by rising MassHealth costs, with more people becoming eligible for MassHealth and a federal rule that prohibits the state from cutting anyone from MassHealth during the pandemic.With tax collections coming in higher than expected so far this ...
12/11/2020 Marlboro Woman Charged with Defrauding Public Assistance thisweekinworcester.com ... of Marlboro, faces federal charges of theft of public funds and making false statements.Rodriguez’s initial court appearance was Thursday afternoon, December 10.Rodriguez is accused of fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits, MassHealth , Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] benefits and Section 8 housing assistance.The indictment claims that over 12 years Rodriguez stole $68,223 in Social Security benefits, $1,908 in MassHealth benefits, $21,790 in SNAP benefits, and $161,277 ...