The OIG 2012 Work Plan Will Be Reviewing Modifiers Used During The Global Surgical Period

The OIG looking for improper payments made on Evaluation and Management (E&M) services is nothing new. This year’s Work Plan includes several items on E&M services, including services made during the global surgical period. New to this year they will also be looking at the modifiers used on E&M services performed during the global period.

 

According to the Work Plan “Prior OIG work has shown that improper use of modifiers during the global surgery period resulted in inappropriate (more…)

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CMS Postpones New POS Policy

In late March CMS announced that it was postponing the effective date for it's new national policy regarding POS coding assignments. Transmittal 2435 delays the effective date from April 2nd 2012 to…

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Documentation Isn’t The Only Thing Under Scrutiny

State and federal governments are using advanced technology to find suspicious billing patterns that would indicate upcoding or unbundling, and when they find suspicious patterns, they aren’t just looking at the documentation.

 

MedStar Health System’s Good Samaritan Hospital agreed to pay $793,548 to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to the to federal benefit programs from 2005-2008. They deny any wrongdoing and have released a statement saying the hospital “is committed  (more…)

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