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White Collar Watch - October 2014

In This Issue: - Government demonstrates willingness to enforce Affordable Care Act provision that could cost providers millions of dollars - Words can come back to haunt you: Boilerplate pleading could lead...more

OIG: Medicare Inappropriately Paid for 2010 E/M Services Claims - Physicians should expect higher scrutiny on Medicare claims...

Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson with the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a startling report explaining that Medicare inappropriately paid $6.7 billion for claims for E/M Services in 2010. These...more

OIG's Proposed Rule to Expand Civil Monetary Penalties

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on May 12, 2014 published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that would implement the OIG’s expanded authority under the Affordable Care...more

OIG Says Medicare Overpaid Hospitals by $19 Million for Claims Subject to the Post-Acute Care Transfer Policy

On May 28, 2014, OIG released a report asserting that over $19 million in inappropriate payments were made to hospitals for inpatient claims subject to the post-acute care transfer policy. These overpayments were the result...more

Quantifying and addressing improper payments for Medicare evaluation and management services

A review of Medicare Part B claims for evaluation and management (E/M) services conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found that the program paid $6.7 billion in improper payments in 2010. This figure...more

OIG Proposes Rule to Expand Civil Monetary Penalties and Solicit Comments on Penalty for Failure to Report and Return Overpayments...

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) proposed rule expands the use of civil monetary penalties and solicits comments on the penalty for failure to report and return overpayments. ...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - May 2014

OIG Reports Jurisdiction H Contractors Made $3.3 Million in Overpayments for Outpatient Drugs – According to a recent OIG report, the Medicare Contractors for Jurisdiction H overpaid providers approximately $3.3...more

Recent OIG Report Underscores Need for Home Health Agencies and Physicians to Comply With Medicare’s Face-to-Face Documentation...

Medicare overpaid the home health industry $2 billion between January 2011 and December 2012, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG’s...more

OIG Finds That Medicare Could Save Millions by Strengthening Billing Requirements for Canceled Surgeries

On August 6, 2013, OIG released a report with its findings that in a sampling of 100 hospital inpatient claims involving short-stay, canceled elective surgery admissions, 80 did not meet Medicare’s requirement that the...more

Updated Self-Disclosure Protocol Clarifies Disclosure Process and Obligations

Individuals and entities subject to the Civil Monetary Penalty Law (CMP) have received clarification regarding the process for disclosing and resolving potentially unlawful conduct involving the federal health care programs...more

HHS Office of Inspector General Issues Updated Self-Disclosure Protocol

On April 17, 2013, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) released an Updated Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (“SDP”). The Updated SDP replaces OIG’s original Provider...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

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

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

OIG Reports that Millions of Medicaid Overpayments Remain Uncollected

On February 19, 2013, the OIG published a report detailing the collection status of Medicaid overpayments. The Secretary of HHS requires CMS to collect overpayments, defined as “the amount paid by a Medicaid agency to a...more

OIG Recommends that CMS Recoup More Than $100 Million in Overpayments for Incarcerated and Unlawfully Present Beneficiaries

CMS made more than $100 million in improper payments to providers for healthcare services on behalf of incarcerated and unlawfully present individuals between 2009 and 2011, according to a pair of reports issued on January...more

OIG Concludes in Nationwide Review of Drug That Herceptin Has Often Been Overbilled

The HHS OIG has conducted a nationwide audit of the use and reimbursement of Herceptin (also known as trastuzumab), a Medicare-covered drug used to treat metastatic breast cancer, and has concluded in three audits released in...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update - January 16, 2013

In This Issue: - Fiscal Cliff Deal Lengthens Medicare Overpayment Recovery Period - Cutting Medicaid Provider Tax May Shift Costs to States, CRS Finds - MedPAC Finalizes Payment Recommendations, GAO Solicits...more

Extension of Time for Overpayment Recoveries in Fiscal Cliff Law Not as Broad as it Sounds

The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation, i.e., the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act) [PDF], includes a number of provisions addressing Medicare and Medicaid. One of these provisions extends the recovery period...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

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