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Senator Casey Questions CMS on Papa Inc. Care Concerns

U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addressing concerns about Papa Inc. This company, which connects older adults with caregivers for non-medical assistance, has faced allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and inadequate care. Given that Papa Inc. is compensated by Medicaid and Medicare for its services, Casey’s letter queries how CMS is safeguarding against low-quality or abusive care funded by federal dollars.

The letter highlights the growing demand for home care services, the importance of safety and quality in such services for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees, and the dignity of care workers. Casey previously contacted Papa Inc. to address abuse issues and is now seeking information from CMS on its oversight mechanisms for supplemental service providers like Papa Inc.

Papa Inc. offers assistance through “Papa Pals,” contractors providing non-clinical help with daily tasks. Despite no healthcare experience requirements for Pals, Papa Inc. has faced over 1,200 confidential complaints in four years, including serious allegations of misconduct.

The letter asks CMS for details on its review and monitoring of complaints against Papa, communication with Medicare Advantage and Medicaid about Papa, and measures to prevent contracts with providers failing to protect enrollees. It also questions CMS’s verification of Papa service providers’ qualifications, auditing of in-home support services, and evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of supplemental benefits, including Papa’s services.

This inquiry underscores the committee’s role in addressing issues faced by older adults and emphasizes the necessity for CMS to ensure the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of services funded by Medicare and Medicaid.

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