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Registry Proposed for Home Health Aides

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are proposing a measure to fight Medicaid fraud with a new registry of all home health aides in the state.

The legislation would establish a central registry that would include background information and proof of training for home health and personal care aides. The information would be available to the public on the Internet.

Cuomo's office says an ongoing investigation of the home health industry revealed the state has lost more than $70 million to fraud.

Medicaid requires home health aides to successfully complete a training program licensed by the state.

Governor David Paterson's office had no immediate comment on the proposal.

A registry already exists for nurse aides who work in nursing homes.