By
Medicare audits expected soon.Federal healthcare audits have resumed, and they are not limited to durable medical equipment (DME) or any one specific group of providers, any one type of contractor, or any one specific locality in the country. Since the announcement of the ramping up by the Centers for Medicare…
By
The Unified Program Integrity Contractors (UPICs) may need lessons in reading patient notes. Should they be "defunded?" These days, everyone has a horror story about an audit. There are arrogant know-it-alls that show up unexpected, embarrassing the provider in front of their patients. "He must have done something wrong, otherwise…
By
If you err, err on the side of the patient. Being nice can get you in trouble. But as David Glaser, Dr. Ronald Hirsch, and I have said over and over, being nice and putting patient care first should be the excuse during this COVID pandemic for future Recovery Audit…
By
Instead of “Love in the Time of Cholera,” we are currently living through “Audits in the Time of COVID.” The period we are all still facing has been dubbed, legally, a public health emergency, or PHE (not to be confused with PPE). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)…
By
There is indication that RAC and MAC audits will be ramping up again in the very near future. While COVID-19 is not going anywhere, we are all adapting to a new normal. Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) and Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) audits will soon ramp up again. The courts shut…
By
ED physicians and healthcare providers are a distinct breed – whales in a sea of fish. After all, emergency room doctors have, for the most part, been overlooked by the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) auditors (or TPE, Targeted Probe-and-Educate; ZPICs, Zone Program Integrity Contractors; or Medicare Administrative Contractors, MACs). Maybe…
By
CMS launches healthcare outcomes challenge. Expect more artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare in 2020. We will see AI used primarily in diagnostics and auditing. In each of these areas, AI promises to impose drastic changes on society. As these changes reverberate through organizations, old work patterns will be disrupted. In…
By
The Low Income Pool or “LIP” is a funding pool designed to support health care providers that provide uncompensated care to Florida residents who are uninsured or underinsured.  There are multiple states with similar programs. CMS approved the LIP in 2005 as part of a section 1115 demonstration project (usually…
By
A regulation states you may not appeal a decision by a contractor. During a recent Monitor Monday broadcast, a listener questioned whether it is permissible to challenge the decision to reopen a claim during an audit. The listener’s question is an astute one that hearkens back to a troubling case…
By
The federal watchdog did not, however, decide to demand recoupments. It is said that great minds think alike. And that proved to be true when the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its report (CMS improperly paid millions of dollars…