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Chiropractic OIG Audit Recommendations - Lessons Learned
September 28th, 2018 - Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
The OIG recently concluded an audit on a chiropractic office located in Florida and had some significant findings. They recommended the following: Refund to the Federal Government the portion of the estimated $169,737 overpayment for claims for chiropractic services that did not comply with Medicare requirements and are within the 4-year ...
Inappropriate Use of Units Costs Practice Over $800,000
June 11th, 2018 - Wyn Staheli, Director of Research & Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CMHP, CST, MA, MT
A recent OIG enforcement action emphasizes the need to understand the proper use of units. A healthcare provider in Connecticut improperly submitted multiple units for drug screening urine tests. The proper billing of units has proven to be problematic for more than just lab tests. Is your billing of drugs & biologicals, injections and timed codes appropriate?
Dental and Medical- Controlled Substance Awareness
January 29th, 2018 - Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
As an effort to cut down on opioid abuse and related crimes, in August of 2017 the Attorney General Sessions established a new Department of Justice (DOJ) section called “Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit”. Due to the serious public health issue and drug overdose deaths, this unit was established and ...
Compliance: What is it and Why is it Important
January 22nd, 2018 - Joan S. Hartman, RHIT
Compliance. It is one of the buzz words in healthcare that is heard all the time but what is it really, and why is it so important?
$4.6 million in Claims Paid Incorrectly by CMS when Using KX Modifier
January 16th, 2018 - Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
$4.6 Million was paid by CMS for claims that did not comply with Medicare requirements.  The claims were paid in 2017 and reported by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) stating, "A 2017 Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report noted that, in some cases, pharmacies incorrectly billed Medicare Part B ...
OIG Advisory Opinion Recinded - Lessons Learned
December 21st, 2017 - Wyn Staheli
In the compliance world, it is important to know when the OIG makes an advisory opinion on a subject. For example, the advisory on Time of Service or Prompt Pay Discounts helps to ensure that providers are creating policies and procedures which will meet the standards of the OIG in the case ...
Summary of OIG Reports for Chiropractic
October 23rd, 2017 - Evan M. Gwilliam DC MBA BS CPC CCPC QCC CPC-I MCS-P CPMA CMHP
The Office of the Inspector General was created to protect the integrity of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They investigate fraud, waste, and abuse in HHS programs and make recommendations to various enforcement agencies. Every few years they investigate chiropractic services. Here is a summary of the reports the ...
Medicare Improper Payment Report for Behavioral Health Services (2016)
September 1st, 2017 - Wyn Staheli
The Medicare Improper Payment Report for 2016 has been released by the OIG. Please note that the improper payment rate does not measure fraud. Rather, it estimates the payments that did not meet Medicare coverage, coding, and billing rules. The estimated Medicare FFS payment accuracy rate (claims paid correctly) from ...
Medicare Improper Payment Report for Chiropractic (2016)
September 1st, 2017 - Wyn Staheli
The Medicare Improper Payment Report for 2016 has been released by the OIG. Please note that the improper payment rate does not measure fraud. Rather, it estimates the payments that did not meet Medicare coverage, coding, and billing rules. The estimated Medicare FFS payment accuracy rate (claims paid correctly) from ...
Cloned E/M notes
December 29th, 2015 - Codapedia Editor
Have you ever read a physician office note and thought it was strangely familiar? Or, not just familiar but identical to another note? Well, Medicare contractors have noticed the same thing, and the Office of Inspector General has included this on their 2011 Work Plan. Medicare contractors have...
It’s a home health crackdown, but your phone’s going to ring
August 5th, 2014 - Scott Kraft
Don’t be surprised if you suddenly start to get persistent calls from home health agencies concerning patients you’ve referred for home health care. Medicare has directed its supplemental medical review contractors (SMRCs) to crack down on the face-to-face visit rules required to...
OIG adds to increased scrutiny of how patients pay for rising share of drug costs
May 27th, 2014 - Scott Kraft
Charity programs that help patients pay for the rising cost-sharing obligations of needed drugs may run afoul of anti-kickback rules when the charity’s scope is so narrow that it guides the patient toward specific drugs for treatment or providers, the HHS Office of Inspector General said last...
Cloned documentation on OIG radar screen in 2014
May 23rd, 2014 - Scott Kraft
One of the areas where the OIG has its sights set in 2014 is on physician documentation. The OIG plans to review documentation of E/M services looking for what it describes as “documentation vulnerabilities.” Put more specifically, the OIG reports that Medicare Administrative...
OIG Work Plan to look at excessive patient billing, place of service errors
February 9th, 2014 - Scott Kraft
The 2014 OIG Work Plan has finally been released and, while it doesn’t have a lot of new issues for physician practices, there are definitely some areas worth your attention to avoid future compliance hassles. If you’ve been wondering where it’s been, the OIG decided to change...

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