Baby boomers are expected to
need more in-home care as they age, but federal investigators are now raising
an alarm over what they call persistent fraud and abuse in Medicaid-funded
personal care services. Investigators from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of
Inspector General are once again criticizing Medicaid for not cracking down in
this area, saying the government needs better regulations to prevent patient
neglect and fraud cases. Estimates of questionable billing since 2012 total more
than $600 million, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner. A woman caught on video taken
by investigators said she needed a personal care assistant because she rarely
left her house and could hardly walk.“I crawl,” she said.“You crawl?” asked the person on the other line.“Sometimes it’s even on my elbows,” the woman answered.But agents caught her dragging a waste can across her driveway and picking up her dog.  …
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Study: Medicaid abuse persistent as boomers retire