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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

Streamlined RAC Appeal Processes Lead To Winning Legal And Economic Outcomes

Armed with the Recovery Audit Contract (RAC) Program, the Federal government has been very successful in recouping Medicare overpayments from health care providers in recent years. During a RAC audit, program contractors...more

False Claim Act: 2013 Year in Review

Last year continued the trend of robust False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and proliferating qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the United States. In 2012, DOJ...more

OIG Recommends that CMS Scrutinize Clinicians with High Cumulative Payments

Focusing on clinicians who receive high cumulative payments under Medicare Part B could be a useful means of identifying possible improper payments, according to a recent report issued by the Office of Inspector General of...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 Reinstates Policy for Enrollment Denials Related to Unpaid Medicare Overpayments

The saga related to CMS’ policy to deny enrollments based on a history of unpaid Medicare debts continues. We first reported on the proposed regulations and corresponding policy announcement, via Transmittal 469, expanding...more

A Review of CMS' Approach to $125 Million Recoupment of Payments to Providers for Services to Incarcerated / Unlawfully Present...

CMS seeks to recover from providers $125 million in alleged overpayments for services to beneficiaries who are belatedly identified as ineligible (incarcerated/unlawfully present). In this post, Sheppard Mullin examines the...more

CMS's Use of Contractors to Determine "Sustained or High Level of Payment Errors" Upheld

In a decision handed down on July 23, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the use by CMS of outside contractors to determine whether a home health agency’s reimbursement claims had exhibited a...more

Absent a Contract With the Provider, HMOs Are Not Liable for Unpaid Services

On April 19, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Christus Health Gulf Coast, et al. v. Aetna, Inc. et al. The court’s ruling put an end to the so-called “double pay” theory of liability by downstream...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

OIG Issues Updated Self-Disclosure Protocol

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has published an updated Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (the “Updated SDP”) that offers health care providers guidance on how to disclose...more

Recent Changes Impact Appeal of Medicare Denials and Reimbursement Strategies

Recovery Audit Contractors (“RACs”) and other Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractors are charged with identifying overpayments made by Medicare to healthcare providers. However, with the increase in RAC...more

Illinois Office of the Inspector General Self-Disclosure Protocol for Reporting Medicaid Overpayment

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services ("Department"), Office of Inspector General ("OIG"), has now issued an Informational Notice and Voluntary Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol ("Protocol") providing...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

OIG Recommends Increased CMS Enforcement of SNF Standards

Amid alleged failures of skilled nursing facilities to meet care and discharge planning requirements, OIG identifies substantial payment errors....more

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

CMS Issues Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter

CMS recently released its latest Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter. CMS issues the newsletters as educational tools to help providers understand findings identified by the...more

Healthcare Prosecutions for Failures to Return Overpayments

Sometimes the deck is stacked against you. No matter what you do and how hard you try, you will lose. In the healthcare area, hospitals, doctors and other service providers have to feel the frustration when it comes...more

Healthcare Companies Need to Update Compliance

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act increased compliance responsibilities for healthcare companies. The ACA amended the False Claims Act (FCA), which was amended in 2009 in the Fraud...more

Do Not Pay: The Government’s Newest Tool

In previous posts and presentations, I have emphasized the critical role that data prospecting will play in the government’s efforts to prevent health care fraud, waste and abuse. Here’s further support for the proposition....more

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