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Repeal of MIPS – Recommendation to Congress, MedPAC 12 to 4 Vote

By |2018-01-13T00:14:39+00:00January 13th, 2018|Medical Coding Audits and Compliance, Medical Coding News and Recent Articles|

A top Congressional advisory body has voted to recommend that Congress repeal the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and replace it with a simpler quality reporting system that would not be mandatory in the way that MIPS is. The 14-2 vote by members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) was criticized by some provider [...]

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Medicare Advantage Organization and Former COO to Pay $32.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

By |2017-06-02T05:22:19+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Medical Coding Audits and Compliance, Medical Coding News and Recent Articles|

Freedom Health Inc., a Tampa, Florida-based provider of managed care services, and its related corporate entities (collectively “Freedom Health”), agreed to pay $31,695,593 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by engaging in illegal schemes to maximize their payment from the government in connection with their Medicare Advantage plans, the Justice Department [...]

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OIG Posts a Resource Compliance Guide & Enforcement Action

By |2017-03-29T19:30:38+00:00March 29th, 2017|Medical Coding Audits and Compliance, Medical Coding News and Recent Articles|

You can use the links provided and go directly to the OIG material. The OIG has developed free educational resources listed are to help health care providers, practitioners, and suppliers understand the health care fraud and abuse laws and the consequences of violating them. These compliance education materials can also provide ideas for ways to [...]

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Medical Billing Codes Key to Fraud Case Against 2 Erie Oral Surgeons

By |2016-08-08T16:46:14+00:00August 8th, 2016|Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Coding Audits and Compliance|

John F. Lehrian, who is retired, and David E. Palo, of what was known as Lehrian & Palo Oral Surgery, 100 State St., pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they the defrauded insurance companies of more than $323,000. They were indicted July 12 on charges of health care fraud. The government is alleging Lehrian [...]

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Dermatology Physicians / Practice to Pay $1.9 Million to Settle Overbilling Medicare for E&M Services

By |2019-04-04T00:49:54+00:00April 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Abusers of the Medicare system can sometimes be intentional or not, but the stories that really get significant attention of the public are the ones that highlight healthcare personnel that intentionally over bill Medicare. There are several types of abuse including falsifying claim forms adjusting the actual cost of services, Billing for services and supplies [...]

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$750,000 HIPAA SETTLEMENT CAUSES OCR TO UNDERSCORE NEED FOR ORGANIZATION WIDE RISK ANALYSIS

By |2019-04-04T00:49:54+00:00December 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|

In a $750,000 HIPAA Settlement, the University of Washington Medicine (UWM) has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule by failing to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations.  UWM is an affiliated covered entity, which includes designated [...]

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Final 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Released

By |2019-04-04T00:49:54+00:00November 7th, 2015|Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Practice Revenue Optimization|

The MGMA reports that the final 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule has been released. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) for 2016. Key policies finalized in the 2016 payment rules include: Finalizing the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing model. Finalizing updates to the “Two-Midnight” rule. Finalizing the [...]

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ICD-10 Aftershocks: The Challenges Every CFO Can Expect

By |2015-10-28T04:38:31+00:00October 28th, 2015|ICD-10 Readiness, Medical Coding Best Practices|

If any individual in the C-suite will feel the effects of ICD-10 most prominently, it will be the hospital CFO. As reported in Becker's Hospital Review, October 2015, in a article by Kelly Whittle, MS, Principal, ICD-1 0 Advisory and Whittle Advisors, LLC, the top 4 issues faced by hospital CFO will include. Significant productivity [...]

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Medicare Reimbursement Rates Get a Small Increase

By |2019-04-04T00:49:54+00:00July 16th, 2015|Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Coding News and Recent Articles|

California Medical Association (CMA ALERT) - The CMS announced that a 0.5% increase will be made for Medicare reimbursement rates, which are effective starting July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. The increase to Medicare reimbursement rates is an effect of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, signed in April 2015. CMS has released [...]

CMS will reimburse ICD-10 mistakes for one year after transition deadline

By |2015-08-05T00:14:22+00:00July 7th, 2015|ICD-10 Readiness, Medical Coding News and Recent Articles|

For one year past the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline, the CMS will reimburse for wrongly coded claims as long as that erroneous code is in the same broad family as the right one. There had been concerns among providers that they wouldn't be paid if they made minor mistakes trying to implement the new complex [...]