Billing & Reimbursement

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Dept of Health and Human Services released its FY2009 Workplan yesterday. The Workplan outlines the initiatives and audits that the OIG expects to undertake in the coming fiscal year.  Below are some of the key initiatives that the OIG expects to undertake with regard to physicians.  If you or your practice is engaged in any of these activities, now would be a great time to review whether you are complying with applicable Medicare rules.  If you need assistance reviewing any of your services for compliance with Medicare rules, please contact Todd Rodriguez.

Place of Service Errors
The OIG will review physician coding of place of service on Medicare Part B claims for services performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) and hospital outpatient departments. The OIG will be looking to determine whether physicians properly coded the places of service on claims for services provided in ASCs and hospital outpatient departments.

Evaluation and Management Services During Global Surgery Periods
The OIG will review industry practices related to the number of evaluation and management (E&M) services provided by physicians and reimbursed as part of the global surgery fee. It will be looking determine whether industry practices related to the number of E&M services provided during the global surgery period have changed since the global surgery fee concept was developed in 1992.

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A tentative settlement has been reached in a class action brought on behalf of a group of affected physicians against Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans which alleged that the plans engaged in certain misconduct that resulted in the denial or downcoding of physician claims.