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US Senate criticises home health companies for “gaming” Medicare

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6454 (Published 07 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6454
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. 1Florida

The United States’ three largest home health companies skewed the care they delivered to patients to maximise their revenue, the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the Medicare programme, has claimed.

The companies named are Amedisys Inc, LHC Group Inc, and Gentiva Health Services Inc, which derive most of their revenues from Medicare.

The committee, chaired by Senator Max Baucus, reported its findings on 3 October, in response to an article in the Wall Street Journal on 27 April 2010. The article quoted Professor Henry Dove of the Yale School of Public Health, who …

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