Two dozen individuals were charged in a landmark investigation historic in breadth. “A million dollars isn’t cool,” remarked pop star Justin Timberlake in the Oscar-winning 2010 film The Social Network, portraying entrepreneur Sean Parker as he advises a young Mark Zuckerberg and his associates in a nightclub amid the fledgling…
The head of the federal healthcare oversight body was a popular guest on Monitor Mondays. Daniel Levinson, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is stepping down from his post at the end of May, following nearly 15 years in his position as healthcare’s top…
CMS squeaks by with B-plus in OIG audit. If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received a grade for its audit performance during the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, it would have been about a B-plus, maybe waived up to an A-minus, according to an announcement made recently…
CMS audit performance gauged in HHS OIG announcement.  If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received a grade for its audit performance during the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, it would have been about a B-plus, maybe waived up to an A-minus, according to an announcement made this…
Medicare patients were specifically excluded from the program. The U.S. Justice Department announced on Dec. 6 that Actelion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve allegations that it paid kickbacks by giving contributions to the Caring Voice Coalition, a charitable organization that then used the contributions to pay…
100% error rate audits challenge credibility. Over the past five or six years, I have worked as a statistical expert on hundreds of extrapolation audits. And at least a couple dozen of these were based on 100 percent error rates. That means that the auditor determined that, of all of…
OIG report cites widespread MAO problems related to denials of care and payment. Medicare and Medicaid are moving steadily into a capitated model system – or should I say, “have moved.” A central concern about the capitated payment model used in Medicare Advantage is the financial incentive for Medicare Advantage…
OIG discusses plans in 2018 Work Plan update The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced on Thursday that the agency, along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has noted “problems” with upcoding in hospital billing to increase payment. As…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has informed state Medicaid directors that it intends to expand mental health treatment services via a new Medicaid demonstration project, the agency announced in a press release issued Tuesday. In a letter to the state Medicaid directors, CMS reportedly outlined existing and…
Plaintiffs are the American Hospital Association and three other regional hospitals and healthcare systems. Providers with Medicare appeals pending may have their claims resolved sooner than expected. On Nov. 1, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Boasberg ruled that the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) must eliminate the…
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