CMS Implements Home Health Pre-Claim Review in 5 States

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched a demonstration project that will initiate a pre-claim review for home health services. The project seeks to lower a nearly 60 percent claims error rate stemming largely from insufficient documentation.

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Healthcare Providers Beware: Failure to Pay State Tax Could Lead to License Suspension

On May 16, 2016, a new rule went into effect that empowers the New Jersey Division of Taxation Director to notify a licensing State agency that a license issued by the agency to conduct a profession, trade, business, or occupation should be suspended where a license holder fails to pay a State tax indebtedness.

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OIG 2016 Workplan: Is It Time To Check Your Compliance?

Every year the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issues a workplan that identifies the agency’s planned audit activities for the upcoming year. The workplan offers valuable information for healthcare entities by providing them with an opportunity to conduct appropriate risk assessments, and, where indicated, to modify the entity’s compliance program.

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Chiropractic Billings Under Government Scrutiny Again

Consistently over the years the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has targeted chiropractic services for audits. In fact, chiropractic services appear annually on the OIG’s workplan agenda. In September 2015, the OIG issued a report recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) establish better controls and measures to prevent questionable payments, collect overpayments based on inappropriately paid claims and ensure that claims are paid only for Medicare-covered diagnoses.

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Inside Look At Healthcare Fraud Prevention Algorithms

On July 30, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) implemented its new Fraud Prevention System (FPS), which uses predictive analytics technology, similar to that utilized by credit card companies, to move away from the “pay and chase” model to instead detect aberrant or fraudulent billing patterns prior to payment of claims. According to CMS, by fiscal year 2013, CMS was able to take administrative action against 938 providers and suppliers using FPS, saving or preventing $210.7 million in payments.

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Lessons From a Major Settlement Over PHI Disposal

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reached a major settlement with a non-profit covered entity (CE) resolving allegations of violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule for allegedly failing to appropriately and reasonably safeguard protected health information.

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What Prepayment Review of DMEPOS Claims Reveals

National Government Services Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Medical Review Department (NGS) has recently published the results of its third quarter prepayment medical review of high-error audit claim. In total, NGS reports, more than half of claims were denied, results in a 65 percent of claims error rate for failing to the required coverage criteria and documentation.

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NY Pharmacy Denied Medicaid Enrollment and Investigated

In August, the New York State Inspector General (OMIG) denied enrollment to a pharmacy after an on-site inspection revealed several deficiencies. An apparent egregious case of non-compliance serves as a vivid reminder of why providers must comply with their professional requirements as well as why they must observe NYS Medicaid rules and regulations at all times.

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NJ Pharmacy Denied Medicaid Enrollment for Unintentional Omission

Providers beware – even an unintentional omission on a New Jersey Medicaid enrollment application can lead to denial of enrollment. Such was the holding of a recent New Jersey Court of Appeals decision.

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7 Most Common Health Care Billing Abuses

At a recent Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team presentation given by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency stressed the importance of documentation and identified the following seven common billing abuses performed by providers.

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