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January 31, 2014

Friday News Dump

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Two-midnight rule Delayed Modern Healthcare is reporting on its website that CMS is delaying the implementation of the two-midnight rule until after Sept. 30, 2014. More details to follow. OIG 2014 Work Plan Update Released As predicted here, the OIG today released its FY 2014 Work Plan Update. The OIG’s…
With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) poised to release the agency’s 2014 Work Plan next week, Erin Bliss, the OIG’s external affairs director, is scheduled to appear on Monitor Monday Feb. 3 to discuss. Bliss’s appearance marks the ninth time that…
Katie Arnholt, a deputy branch chief in the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General’s (OCIG) Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch, headlines an impressive lineup of leading subject matter experts providing a crucially important cautionary look ahead to the audit landscape confronting providers in 2014 during a special one-hour Monitor…
Julie Taitsman, MD, JD, chief medical officer for the investigatory agency, returns to Monitor Monday on Nov. 18. As a physician as well as a healthcare attorney, Dr. Taitsman can be expected to bring a unique perspective to the subject of compliant clinical documentation. She is expected to explain what…
Late word…the OIG has confirmed that Julie Taitsman, MD, JD, chief medical officer for the investigatory agency, returns to Monitor Monday on Nov. 18. As a physician as well as a healthcare attorney, Dr. Taitsman can be expected bring a unique perspective to the subject of compliant clinical documentation. In…
Recognizing that approximately $765 billion in healthcare spending is lost to error, waste, fraud and abuse annually, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing a major educational effort aimed at physicians, whom the agency describes as the nation’s “principal gatekeepers” who decide when and how healthcare services…
When he can, he listens to us on Monitor Mondays from an orange-pink, four-story hospital resting up against a verdant tropical hillside. This is the 168-bed, acute-care Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, serving the needs of residents in St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas, all part of the U.S. Virgin…
September 9, 2013

Old News, New Report

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You could put this story under the category of “Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know.” But, nonetheless, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has come across what all of us know all ready: too many audit contractors and too much overlap. The July report from the GAO will be discussed…