B. Scott McBride

B. Scott McBride

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CMS Announces Changes to RAC Program; Temporary Pause in Document Requests

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published an announcement indicating that the agency is “in the procurement process for the next round of Recovery Audit Program Contracts” and is winding down its...more

3/7/2014 - CMS Document Requests Healthcare Healthcare Reform RACs

HHS's Mixed Messages: Identifying a Federal Healthcare Program When You See It

Recent seemingly contrary determinations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have fueled industry speculation regarding whether qualified health plans (QHPs) available on the health insurance exchanges...more

11/15/2013 - Affordable Care Act Anti-Kickback Statute Fraud Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare HHS Qualified Health Plans

Paying for Family Vacations With NIH Funds Triggers FCA Lawsuit and Settlement

Northwestern University will pay $2.93 million to settle a federal False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit brought by a former employee who alleged Northwestern allowed a researcher to submit false claims under certain cancer research...more

8/13/2013 - False Claims Act Fraud NIH Research Funding Travel Whistleblowers

CMS Proposes Increased Rewards for Reporting Fraud and Abuse

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a proposed rule modifying certain provisions in their Incentive Reward Program (IRP) to sweeten the incentives for reporting sanctionable conduct....more

5/7/2013 - CMS False Claims Act Fraud HIPAA Incentives Reporting Requirements Whistleblowers

Sixth Circuit Holds Physician Supervision and Enrollment Issues Are Not Conditions of Payment for Purposes of FCA Liability

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision overturning an $11.1 million False Claims Act (FCA) verdict against MedQuest Associates, Inc. (MedQuest) for submitting claims to Medicare in violation of the...more

4/23/2013 - False Claims Act Medicare MedQuest Physician Payments Physicians Supervision

OIG Updates Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol

On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a revised Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP) that clarifies the process for healthcare providers, suppliers...more

4/19/2013 - Anti-Kickback Statute OIG Self-Disclosure Requirements

CMS Addresses Hospital Rebilling After Inpatient Denials Through Interim Administrator Ruling and Proposed Rule

On March 18, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register two important documents addressing the hotly contested issue of a hospital's ability to obtain payment under Part B for...more

3/22/2013 - Billing CMS Denial of Benefits Healthcare Hospitals Medicare

Federal Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Efforts Yield a 790% Return

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the DOJ jointly released a report concluding that, for every dollar spent on healthcare fraud investigations in the last three years, the government...more

2/28/2013 - DOJ Healthcare Healthcare Fraud HHS

Annual Report Shows Meteoric Rise in RAC Activity

On February 5, 2013, CMS issued its mandatory Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC or Recovery Auditor) program annual report, detailing overpayments, underpayments, RAC performance and savings to the Medicare program. According to...more

2/27/2013 - ALJ Audits CMS Medicare Overpayment Recovery Audit Contractor

American Taxpayer Relief Act Amends Overpayment Recovery Time Limits

The ATRA significantly alters provider rights related to overpayment recoupment, refunds, audits and claims appeals. A provision entitled "Removing obstacles to collection of overpayments" increases the statute of limitations...more

1/16/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Healthcare HHS Medicare OIG Overpayment Statute of Limitations Without Fault Provisions

Health Law Update — January 10, 2013

In This Issue: - Healthcare Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly - American Taxpayer Relief Act Amends Overpayment Recovery Time Limits - OIG Advisory Opinion Sheds...more

1/14/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act CMS Data Breach Electronic Medical Records Fraud Healthcare OCR OIG Overpayment Recovery Time Limits Pay-for-Performance Reporting Requirements Settlement

ALJ Appeals Frequently Favorable To Providers; OIG Calls For Reforms

The OIG recently published a report reviewing the implementation of 2005 regulations regarding the administrative law judge (ALJ) level of appeals, the third level of the Medicare appeals system. The 2005 regulatory changes...more

12/11/2012 - ALJ Appeals CMS Medicare OIG

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