Effective Compliance Plan in Response to a Medicare Audit

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Implementing an Effective Compliance Plan in Response to a Medicare Audit webinar by SuperCoder explains in detail about government audits and what constitute a fool proof compliance plan. The webinar, which is presented by Candice Fenildo, CPC, CPMA, CPB, CENTC, CPC-I, is designed to help you jump over compliance potholes and ensure that your revenue is safe against financial setbacks. Some of the key points covered in the webinar include what is a Medicare audit and why is it undertaken, what is health care fraud and how to avoid it, how to leverage OIG compliance guidance, how to create an effective compliance program, how to identify risk areas, when and how to perform chart audit, who all are involved in an audit, how to respond correctly to an audit request, and more. The webinar also features critical advice on how to make your practice audit proof and avoid coming under the compliance hammer.

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Implementing an Effective Compliance Plan in Response to a Medicare Audit Presented by Candice Fenildo CPC CPMA CPB CENTC CPC-I Date: May 25 2016 1

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Agenda • State of the Industry • Why audits • Why a compliance program/plan • Determining what the Plan will encompass • Where to start • Identifying your risk areas • Identifying who should be involved • When how to do chart audits • How to respond to help ensure the best outcome 2

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State of the Industry 3

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Why Audits The efforts to identify and eliminate healthcare waste fraud and abuse are on the rise. Source: Healthcare analytics Thomson Reuters 4

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Why Audits • Health care costs continue to soar • Investigations continue to find improper payments • In 2014 the Government estimated a 12.7 improper payment rate equaling 45.8 billion. • To combat these findings the US Government has employed a taskforce of agencies to investigate and combat fraud and abuse 5

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Who are these agencies Federal program enforcers include: • Office of Inspector General OIG • Department of Justice DOJ • Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI • Medicare Administrative Contractors MAC • Quality Improvement Organizations QIO • Program Safeguard contractors PSC • Medicare Zone Program Integrity Contractors ZPIC 6

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Who are these agencies Federal program enforcers include: • Medicaid Fraud Control Units MFCU • State Medicaid Inspector General • State Attorney General • Recovery Audit Program RAC • Comprehensive Error Rate Testing CERT contractors • Payment Error Rate Measurement PERM 7

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2012 HCCA Survey In 2012 the Health Care Compliance Association HCCA launched a survey to assess the volume of audits. The goal was to determine the level of audit activity and the impact it is having on the compliance profession and the institutions they serve. 8

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Percentage of Respondents Reporting at Least One Audit Auditing the Auditors A survey by the Health Care Compliance Association 2012 9

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The Compliance Program 10

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Health Care Fraud is a Serious Problem 11

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Fraud includes obtaining a benefit through intentional misrepresentation or concealment of material facts Waste includes incurring unnecessary costs as a result of deficient management practices or controls Abuse includes excessively or improperly using government resources 12

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Medicaid Audit and Data Mining • Some results from the NY OMIG: • Women who had babies and then gave birth to another baby 5 months later • Children under 10 giving birth • 50-year-old women who gave birth with no corresponding fertility treatments – “we recovered 500000 on this alone.” 13

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FBI Statistics • Reports Estimate…. • Fraudulent health care billing accounts for between 3 and 10 of all health care expenditures. • Most prevalent schemes identified are • Billing for services not rendered • Upcoding services or items to a more expensive version • Filing duplicate claims • Unbundling • Billing for services in excess of a patient’s actual needs • Medically unnecessary services • Kickbacks www.fbi.gov/publications/financial/fcs_report2007/financial_crime_2007.htmhealth 14

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“We expect that every health care provider will have an effective compliance program.” Daniel Levinson Inspector General Office of the Inspector General 2009 Compliance Institute Las Vegas NV 15

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Why Should I Comply • It’s the right thing to do. • Enhances correct billing • Reduces denials • Increases billing efficiency • Minimizes the risk of a Government audit • Minimizes the risk of a substantial overpayment. 16

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