If you are a nurse and you are working as an independent provider, please make sure you are billing the State of Ohio for the skilled nursing services provided in an accurate, truthful, ethical, and professional manner. Follow the guidelines and regulations for billing home care services. Don't think "Oh no one will know or find out" because chances are someone will and you will be held accountable and responsible for your actions. There is no passing the buck when it comes to being paid for services that you were not legally entitled to be paid for in the eyes of the law in this economy. The State of Ohio takes this cases very seriously because this is taxpayer's money.
There are more and more nurses every year who are working as Ohio independent providers (essentially home care nurses) and who are being investigated for fraudulent billing by the Ohio Attorney General's Office and subsequently the Ohio Board of Nursing.
These cases are complicated and serious because multiple issues and agencies become involved and the consequences of these types of cases can rip your nursing career apart for several years going forward.