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Low Volume Medicare Providers Get “Free Pass” From Auditing

Washington, D.C. – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new additional document request (ADR) limits last year that restrict Medicare recovery auditors to review no more than 0.5 percent of a provider’s total number of Medicare claims. The new ADR policy renders 99.5 percent of Medicare claims off limits from review for billing accuracy and has produced another side effect – low volume providers are now mathematically exempt from audits entirely. For example, any Medicare provider that […]

Viewpoint: Some providers receive a ‘free pass’ from auditing Medicare claims

Low-volume Medicare providers escape from having claims reviewed for accuracy under new additional documentation request limits for recovery audits, according to Kristin Walter, an opinion contributor to The Hill. Ms. Walter, spokesperson for The Council for Medicare Integrity, outlines the new policy and her viewpoint in a recent article. CMS in May 2016 revealed new ADR limits for the Medicare Fee-For-Service Recovery Audit Program. The policy calls for an annual baseline ADR limit of 0.5 percent of the provider’s paid Medicare claims from […]

Low volume Medicare providers are getting a ‘free pass’ from auditing

Back in May, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new additional documentation request (ADR) limits for Medicare Recovery Audits that review claims to identify and recover improper payments. The new policy reduced the annual ADR limit so auditors can review just 0.5 percent of a provider’s total number of paid Medicare claims with an additional twist. The twist is CMS would review provider billing accuracy rates over three 45-day periods and adjust each provider’s ADR limit higher or […]

OIG: Rush University Medical Center overbilled Medicare by $10.2M

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago failed to comply with Medicare billing requirements for 57 of 120 inpatient and outpatient claims reviewed by HHS’ Office of Inspector General, according to a recent OIG report. The 57 claims that did not comply with Medicare billing requirements resulted in the hospital receiving $814,150 in combined overpayments during 2014 and 2015, according to the OIG. Extrapolating from the sample results, the OIG estimated Rush University Medical Center received approximately $10.2 million in overpayments from […]

No, RAC audits do not impact patient care

Many myths are tough to dispel because they are so often repeated. No, cold weather does not give you the cold or flu. A shark cannot smell a single drop of blood from miles away. Chewing gum does not stay in your stomach for seven years. And, be careful because lightning can, in fact, strike the same place twice. Despite being thoroughly debunked; some still believe myths like these are true. The same goes for myths about Medicare Recovery Audit […]

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When does a review of 0.5% make sense?

Would you feel safe flying if airlines only inspected 0.5% of their fleet of planes? What about if smoke detectors for your home were rolling off the assembly line with only 0.5% being tested to ensure that they worked to sense a fire emergency? That’s what we’re facing with payment accuracy in Medicare these days. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have drastically scaled back review of the claims providers submit to the Medicare Fee for Service program for […]

CMS Official Sidesteps Offer Of Tools To Combat Medicare Improper Pay

House Ways & Means Republicans asked CMS acting program integrity director Jonathan Morse what additional tools the agency might need to help bring down improper payment rates in Medicare — 11 percent for Medicare fee-for-service and about 10 percent for Medicare Advantage in fiscal 2016, according to the government’s payment accuracy website — but Morse did not ask for any additional authority, even though a representative from the Government Accountability Office suggested lawmakers could give CMS the authority to let […]

Advocacy Group Urges HHS Secretary to Prioritize Reduction of Medicare Improper Payments

Washington, D.C. – Today, The Council for Medicare Integrity (CMI) sent a letter to Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price asking for expanded efforts to reduce improper payments within the Medicare program. Last week, the Secretary testified before the Senate Finance Committee stating, “we are absolutely committed to program integrity.” The letter urges the Secretary to bolster program integrity efforts that protect Medicare resources and discusses concerns for the financial future of the Medicare program. “With Medicare […]

U.S. Comptroller General Reiterates GAO Recommendation That Medicare Add RAC Prepayment Reviews

Says Medicare is missing the opportunity to protect program solvency. Washington, D.C. – Recently, while testifying before the House Budget Committee regarding the current scale of government improper payments, the U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro reiterated recommendations that CMS should implement a permanent Recovery Audit Contractor Prepayment Review Program. The Comptroller General said: “We recommended that CMS seek legislative authority to allow RAs to conduct prepayment claim reviews. HHS did not concur with this recommendation, stating that CMS has implemented […]

Mount Sinai asked to return $41.9 million in Medicare overpayments

The Office of Inspector General at HHS said Wednesday that an audit of 2012 and 2013 claims revealed that Mount Sinai Hospital did not fully comply with Medicare billing requirements. The agency audited 261 claims and found that 110 resulted in overpayments totaling at least $41.9 million for the audit period. Mount Sinai in New York City is required to do its own investigation of the problem going back six years, and refund the federal government all overpayments within 60 […]