Government Watchdogs Looking to Ding Home-Based Care Providers

With the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel finally visible, home-based care agencies will now have to worry about checking their peripherals once they reach the other side.

Government watchdog agencies are expected to come hard for providers in 2022 and beyond.

The Biden administration released a 68-page report Monday pertaining to the “state of labor market competition,” for instance. In that report, released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, home health care was specifically mentioned.

“The Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement program has led to the prosecution of long-running employer conspiracies against workers in multiple critical markets including physical therapy, dialysis, nursing and home health care services … with more active labor market investigations currently underway,” it stated.

Providers have already been indicted on counts of wage fixing and labor market allocation charges.

Yet wage and hour represents just one example of where government oversight is being ramped up for home-based care providers.

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By Percy