HealthStar is delighted to announce the formation of its advisory board and the appointment of its first member, Daniel Walpole. As a leader in Verizon’s Internet of Things (IoT) Resale Business Group, Walpole devoted countless hours to learning from key industry leaders and innovators. Along the way, he built partnerships that helped create a $200 million business pipeline for the telecom giant in just a few short years.
It’s an exciting time for HealthStar. This week, our company was featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel as well as on USA Today. Our founder and CEO Dr. Ed Breazeale spoke about a number of issues plaguing the healthcare system, including the fraud, waste, and abuse that often occur in Medicaid reimbursement for home health services. As the article notes, “nearly $3.6 billion in personal care services were paid improperly in 2015,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
On Aug. 22, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent No. 9,740,823 to HealthStar, LLC founder and CEO Dr. Ed Breazeale for the underlying approach utilized in our electronic visit verification (EVV) system. HealthStar is the sole licensee for this patented technology.
According to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Health and Human Services (HHS) made approximately $90 billion in improper payments to Medicaid and Medicare programs in 2017. Improper payments are often made due to undocumented services, uncertified personal care assistant (PCA) workers, and services billed while members were institutionalized and therefore not authorized to receive services.