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GAO Issues Report on Post-Payment Claims Reviews by CMS Contractors

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report entitled “Medicare Program Integrity: Increased Oversight and Guidance Could Improve Effectiveness and Efficiency of Post-Payment Claims Reviews,” which...more

OIG Report Recommends Increased Scrutiny of Over 1000 Laboratories With Questionable Billing for Medicare Part B Clinical...

According to a recently released report by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), over 1,000 labs had unusually high billing for Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Services for dates of service in 2010. Increased...more

CMS authorizes contractors to deny ‘related’ claims of physicians who are not undergoing review

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued Transmittal 505 modifying Section 3.2.3 of the Medicare Program Integrity Manual. CMS employs a variety of...more

OMHA's Medicare Appellant Forum Offers Few Meaningful Answers for Frustrated Medicare Providers and Suppliers

On February 12, 2014, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals ("OMHA") hosted a Medicare Appellant Forum ("Forum") to address its current backlog of appeals. OMHA is responsible for hearings before Administrative Law...more

CMS Provides MACs, RACs, and ZPICs With Automatic Denial Authority for “Related” Claims

Effective March 6, 2014, Medicare contractors may automatically deny claims that are “related” to other claims that have been denied as a result of pre- or postpayment review. Contractors need not issue Additional...more

Weigh In with Comments on CMS Proposed Rule for Medicare IRP by June 28

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule entitled "Medicare Program; Requirements for the Medicare Incentive Reward Program and Provider Enrollment" on April 29, 2013. This proposed rule,...more

The Latest Zpic Target: Medicare Cost Reports

When Medicare was created in 1966, Medicare paid participating providers (e.g. hospitals and skilled nursing facilities) based on a portion of their costs. Medicare’s portion of costs was determined by multiplying total costs...more

Hospitals And Fraud Enforcement

The HHS Office of Inspector General has targeted hospitals for fraud enforcement. It is one of the OIG’s most important initiatives because of the impact it could have on reducing health care costs....more

ZPICs and Skilled Nursing Facilities: Medicare’s Wild Wild West

Fraud and abuse in the Medicare system undoubtedly increases healthcare costs for healthcare providers and healthcare beneficiaries. As such, healthcare providers, as a whole, can appreciate the efforts of the Department of...more

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