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A Virginia home health agency received overpayment of at least $479,000, according to the recently released results of an audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. 

Tender Touch Health Care Services of Fairfax, VA, did not comply with Medicare billing requirements for 21 of 100 claims reviewed for services provided in 2016-17, according to the OIG. For these claims, the agency reportedly received net overpayments of $42,229. On the basis of the sample results, the OIG estimates that Tender Touch received overpayments of at least $478,780 for the audit period.

Tender Touch incorrectly billed Medicare for services provided to beneficiaries who were not homebound and for services provided to beneficiaries who did not require skilled services, according to the OIG.

The agency disagreed with the audit’s findings and has the right to appeal.