OIG Report: Outpatient Physical Therapy Services
Outpatient physical therapy has been under considerable scrutiny by Medicare for many years. Demonstrating its continued focus on therapy services, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) released a report of an audit which found that 61% of sampled Medicare claims between July and December 2013 did not comply with rules requiring that services be medically reasonable and necessary, be submitted with proper coding, or submitted with sufficient documentation.1 Providers of outpatient physical therapy services should closely review the report and consider using its metrics for reviewing services billed to federal health care programs.
OIG Report: Cardiac Device Credits
The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently issued a report that identified significant overpayments related to cardiac device warranty credits. Cardiac devices generally have lifetime warranties which provide hospitals with a full or partial credit for the cost of the failed or recalled device or with a replacement device at no cost. When a hospital receives one of these credits, federal rules typically require a reduction in any in-patient or out-patient payment by Medicare. An OIG report released earlier this year1 reviewed 296 hospital claims involving warranty credits for cardiac devices and none of the claims were properly adjusted to reflect those credits, resulting in a $4.4 million overpayment to the subject hospitals. Hospitals that perform cardiac procedures should consider incorporating this OIG report into their compliance risk assessment process.Read More