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New Requirement for Medicare Billing 2012

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    Has anyone heard the rumor that as of January 2012 it will be required that to bill Medicare and Mediciad the persom must be a Certified Coder ?

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    Just a rumor. It is highly suggested that providers use certified coders, but right now no agency can regulate who provides that service for a provider office.

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    Default Rumor based on recommendation
    It is a recommendation in the OIG's Compliance Program for Individual and Small Group practices - see the excerpt below or using the hyperlink scroll to page 59442.

    09-25-2000
    Final Compliance Program Guidance for Individual and Small Group Physician Practices (PDF) (65 FR 59434; October 5, 2000) http://http://oig.hhs.gov/authoritie.../physician.pdf


    “The OIG understands that most physician practices do not employ a professional coder and that the physician is often primarily responsible for all coding and billing.

    However, it is in the practice's best interest to ensure that individuals who are directly involved with billing, coding or other aspects of the Federal health care programs receive extensive education specific to that individual's responsibilities.

    Some examples of items that could be covered in coding and billing training include:
    1. Coding requirements;
    2. Claim development and submission processes;
    3. Signing a form for a physician without the physician's authorization;
    4. Proper documentation of services rendered;
    5. Proper billing standards, procedures and submission of accurate bills for services or items rendered to Federal health care program beneficiaries and the legal sanctions for submitting deliberately false or reckless billings."

    Compliance being the hot topic that it is, more and more physician's and their practices are studying up on their requirements and the OIG is the best resource for this information. So the above is probably how the rumor came to be.
    Melonie

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