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Here We Go Again: Feds' H.E.A.T. Strike Force Arrests 713 Doctors, Nurses, Home Health Execs
Medicare fraud is still big business, even in the crackdown era of MACs, ZPICs, and Recovery Audit Contractors. Among those arrested were physicians, nurses, skilled nursing facility owners, and home health administrators.
Reader Feedback on Last Week's Bosch Announcement
Rarely have we received as much response to a news article as we have been getting since we were the first to report that Bosch Healthcare had abruptly abandoned the home telehealth market. Here we print without comment the remarks of ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous and many other respected industry participants and watchers, many with familiar names you will immediately recognize.
Bosch Feedback on Last Week's Bosch Announcement
After we reported that the phones were not being answered in Palo Alto, we received this statement from the PR department at Robert Bosch LLC's Farmington Hills, Michigan office.
Are You Claiming Tax Credits Due to You for Every New Hire?
Tax credits are available to employers for almost every new hire into a for-profit company. One firm that helps home healthcare companies find state and federal credits will announce software enhancements at next week's NAHC Financial Managers meeting. Their software now integrates with all home health and home care EMRs, automating the paperwork and making the free money almost automatic. This article includes the story of one home care staffing agency that filled out a few forms and received a credit of over a half million dollars.
Vendor Watch
— Homecare Homebase to announce two partnerships at annual user meeting
— PlayMaker CRM partners with VGM Group
— Axxess named a Best Place to Work by IDG Computerworld
Massive Layoffs as Bosch Opts Out of U.S. Telehealth Market
Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. appears to be dissolving its home telehealth unit, following disappointing sales totaling less than a third of its peak year revenues.
Bosch Patent Suit Tossed Out by Appeals Board
Speculation runs high that this week's decision by Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems Inc. to abandon the home telehealth business was precipitated by the company's failure to convince the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board that its Health Buddy division, acquired from Health Hero Networks in 2007, invented remote patient monitoring. Cardiocom was the target of a 4-part patent lawsuit that lingered for three years before being decided in two separate decisions last January and a third and final one earlier this month. When Cardiocom prevailed, Bosch almost immediately gave up its 8-year effort to dominate the home telehealth market.

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