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CMS Identifies Key Priorities for 2014 Compliance Reviews of Qualified Health Plans in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

At a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") teleconference titled "Compliance Reviews in the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace" ("FFM"), which was held on April 10, 2014, CMS representatives discussed the agency's...more

Enforcement of the Two-Midnight Rule Delayed Again

Last week President Obama signed into law a measure to extend Medicare physician pay rates for one year and to extend the enforcement delay of the “Two-Midnight” rule through March 2015. Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors...more

CMS Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Recovery Auditing Report

In a recent report on the Recovery Audit program for fiscal year (FY) 2012, CMS reports that Recovery Auditors identified $2.4 billion dollars in improper payments, including $2.3 billion in overpayments and $109.4 million in...more

CMS Posts Guidance on Two-Midnight Rule and Related Audits

On February 24, 2014, CMS posted a list of updates to its guidance on the new Two-Midnight Rule and the Probe and Educate Audits. Several of the more major updates are discussed below....more

A Calm Before the Storm: Updates on CMS Audit Activity

In February 2014, CMS made two announcements that affect future Medicare audits. First, CMS instructed RACs to stop issuing post-payment additional documentation requests (ADRs) after February 21 and instructed MACs to stop...more

CMS Announces Transition Process for RAC Contracts

On February 18, 2014, CMS announced that it is in the procurement process for the next round of Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program contracts and that the transition to new contracts will include a pause in RAC audits in...more

CMS Announces "Pause" in RAC Audits

On Tuesday, 2/18/14, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on its website that it is “pausing” the Recovery Audit Program (RA Program) in preparation for the procurement of new Recovery Audit (RA) contracts...more

Third Circuit Holds Judicial Review of Extrapolated Overpayment Determinations is Precluded

On February 12, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that Federal courts do not have jurisdiction to review HHS’s determination of a “sustained or high level of payment error,” one of two possible...more

CMS Proposed Rule Would Modify Risk Adjustment Data Collection, Data Validation Audits with Some Material Effects

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal for risk adjustment data collection demonstrates the agency’s continued concern that Medicare Advantage Organizations’ activities are resulting in more “intense” coding,...more

Possible Hospital RAC Audits in 2014: Pow! Right in the Kisser!

Whew…it’s a new year. While I thoroughly enjoyed 2013, I am excited and hopeful for 2014. Work is so busy that it seems like I’ve barely had time to breathe this January….that’s a good thing, right? Hey, anyone see me on...more

OIG Releases Report on EHR Fraud Controls

On December 11, 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report examining provider use of certain fraud controls in certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. OIG’s survey of 864 hospitals found...more

Extrapolated Medicaid Audits Continue: Be Proactive! (Or Move to West Virginia)

Extrapolated audits are no fun, unless you work for a recovery audit contractor (RAC). You get a Tentative Notice of Overpayment (TNO) that says the auditor reviewed 100 dates of service (DOS), found an overpayment of...more

CMS Issues Additional Guidance Related to 2-Midnight Rule

Earlier this month, CMS posted three new documents related to the 2-midnight rule for inpatient admissions on its webpage for inpatient hospital reviews: new FAQs, as well as CMS directions for selecting hospital claims for...more

DOL Continues Effort to Subject TRICARE Providers to Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Audits

Previously, we reported how the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found in UPMC Braddock v. Harris that providers of healthcare services are subject to federal equal employment opportunity mandates applicable...more

Preparing a Hospital or Health System for Sale or Partnership Transactions – Part Two

The consolidation trend in hospital and health systems continues. To address perceived inefficiencies and quality of care issues, hospitals are attempting to form larger enterprises to create scale, expand geographically,...more

GAO Calls For Consistency Among Medicare Contractors Postpayment Claims Review

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published the results of a study examining the effectiveness of CMS’s contractors that conduct postpayment claims reviews to identify improper payments (i.e., Medicare...more

Healthcare Regulation Update: GAO Makes Recommendations to HHS and CMS Regarding Medicare Audit Consistency

Following a detailed study of the manner by which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) engages in postpayment claims reviews to identify improper payments, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”)...more

Healthcare Regulation Update: CMS to Develop New Integrity Contractors Called “Unified Program Integrity Contractors”

The American Health Care Association (“AHCA”) has reported that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will be making efforts to streamline its audit structure. Among the changes will be the development of a new...more

Tips to Prepare for a CMS Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use Audit

In an effort to improve patient care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) established electronic health record (“EHR”) Incentive Programs, which provide financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of...more

Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the RAC Program Now Introduced in the U.S. Senate

An identical version of the Medicare Audit Improvement Act (MAIA), reported on in the March 25, 2013 issue of Health Headlines when it was introduced in the House, has now been introduced in the Senate by Senator Roy Blunt...more

Self-Audit Results Found Sufficient to Sustain False Claims Act Complaint

District Court Finds That Medical Group’s Failure to Further Investigate Audit Results May Violate Requirement to Return Overpayments - Background - Internal audits of third-party payment claims – frequently...more

Hospitals: Audits And Compliance

Hospitals are under intense scrutiny. The federal government knows that one sure way to reduce healthcare costs is to get hospitals to lower their costs. Hospitals feel the pinch given the need to generate revenue but know...more

CMS Focuses on Fraud Associated with Increased Use of Electronic Health Records

Acting CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, recently reaffirmed the agency’s concern that the increased use of electronic health records (“EHRs”) has contributed to increases in fraudulent billing practices by providers. At a...more

DOL Audits Of Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans Now Include Healthcare Reform Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor (the "DOL") has recently enhanced its enforcement activities with respect to group health plans by significantly increasing the number of audits it is conducting. In addition, the DOL's audit...more

Protecting Your Hospital From Over-Utilization Prosecutions

The government has been increasing its focus on healthcare fraud involving “quality” of care. This is an extremely difficult issue, especially for prosecutors. It is very difficult to define “quality” standards and then...more

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