OIG Plans Push to Combat Fraud
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is seeking additional funds for detection of health care fraud. The $40 million request is intended to assist in efforts to train staff and ensure compliance with anti-fraud laws in practices nationwide. This means that there will likely be more audits of providers and increased efforts to recover inappropriate payments and overpayments.
In light of this push for compliance, it is of vital importance for practices to be able to identify problems in the revenue cycle. Many medical practices will be reviewing compliance procedures, including performing internal audits or seeking the services of an outside auditor to ensure that correct coding procedures are followed. Taking such preventive steps will greatly mitigate the stress of a potential OIG audit.
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